Cross party call for debt cancellation for world’s poorest

MPs and Peers from across political parties have joined calls for debt payments to be cancelled for the world’s poorest countries in response to the pandemic. At the weekend faith leaders across the UK united in a call to urge Chancellor Rishi Sunak to work with other finance ministers to cancel debt for the world’s … Continue reading Cross party call for debt cancellation for world’s poorest

University students need a better deal

Today the Petitions Committee, which I chair, has published our new report on support for universities and students amid the pandemic. More than 347,000 people signed an e-petition calling for the Government to reimburse all students of this year’s fees due to strikes and COVID-19. As part of our Committee’s investigation, over 28,000 students, parents … Continue reading University students need a better deal

North East needs the Chancellor to go further

Today the Chancellor gave his summer economic update and announced support for the UK economy. There were some welcome measures, like the kickstart fund to create jobs for young people, a scheme to support green jobs, and a VAT cut for hospitality and tourism. But I fear the Government have not gone far enough, especially … Continue reading North East needs the Chancellor to go further

Government has abandoned new parents

The pandemic has posed huge challenges for new parents and many feel forgotten, unable to access vital support. The challenge of being a new mum is made greater by isolation at home, unable to receive the expected professional support from health visitors and clinicians. The Petitions Committee, which I chair, has been running an inquiry … Continue reading Government has abandoned new parents