Barbara Keeley

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Barbara has criticised the announcement by Transport for Greater Manchester that double decker buses will be used on the Leigh Guided Busway. Transport for Greater Manchester has announced that the bus operator First has now been awarded the contract for the Busway and will be using double decker buses on the route.

Planning for the Busway scheme has taken over 10 years and, until recently, the materials about the scheme showed single decker buses being used. Residents in Ellenbrook whose homes adjoin the route have already lost trees and shrubs behind their homes to allow for construction of the route and will now have double decker buses running past them.

Barbara said:

“The decision to use double decker buses is bad news for people who live next to the Busway route in Ellenbrook. For years, until recently, the materials used by Transport for Greater Manchester for the scheme have shown single decker buses being used. This led to an expectation of how the scheme would operate when running on the guided route in Ellenbrook. Residents have been asking whether single or double decker buses would be used, as this makes a big difference to the degree to which their homes and gardens will be overlooked by the buses. They were told it would be up to the Bus Operator to decide this”

“This is just another example of the way Transport for Greater Manchester has let down residents in Ellenbrook and commuters along the East Lancs Road by failing to communicate what the scheme actually means to local people. I know that the Busway construction works are causing great stress and frustration to drivers every day and I have urged Transport for Greater Manchester to do much more to minimise the impact of the roadworks.”

 

Barbara slams decision to use double decker buses on the Leigh Guided Busway

Barbara has criticised the announcement by Transport for Greater Manchester that double decker buses will be used on the Leigh Guided Busway. Transport for Greater Manchester has announced that the...

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Labour MPs have forced the Conservative-led Government into a major U-turn on the regulations on fracking for shale gas. On the debate on the Infrastructure Bill in the House of Commons, Labour moved a motion to prevent fracking unless much tougher protections were brought in.

In a last minute move to prevent a vote on Labour’s proposals, the Conservative-led Government accepted the measures into the Infrastructure Bill. Labour’s measures will bring in a system of more robust regulation and comprehensive inspection which have to be in place before any exploration or fracking for shale gas can go ahead.

Barbara said:

“There have been major issues over the weakness of regulation of the shale gas industry. This allowed exploratory drilling at Barton Moss without the assurance of environmental assessments or baseline monitoring or disclosure of emissions from the site. The Conservative-led Government has had a cavalier approach to this industry and this will now change due to Labour’s action.

Barton Moss is close to Chat Moss which is a precious green-belt resource for Salford. Labour’s measures will also mean that groundwater protection source zones have to be protected from fracking.

Barton Moss was never a suitable site for such an industrial activity and I will continue to campaign against any further use of this site in future."

 

Labour forces Government U-turn on Regulation of Shale Gas Industry

Labour MPs have forced the Conservative-led Government into a major U-turn on the regulations on fracking for shale gas. On the debate on the Infrastructure Bill in the House of...

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The current crisis in NHS Accident and Emergency units makes clear just how close our vital health services can come to failing, even when dedicated staff work long hours to try to cope with demand.

In one week both our local hospitals had to declare a major incident. This meant that their A&E services were struggling to cope with demand, with patients facing long waits in A&E or to be admitted as an in-patient. It also meant that many non-emergency operations were cancelled. Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary says that when the NHS cannot work properly, that is a crisis.

In Parliament, the Health Select Committee called a special inquiry to look at the issues behind this crisis. It is clear that hospitals hit problems in A&E when they have more patients needing to be admitted than beds to take the patients. Most of the crisis-hit hospitals say that a big issue is that too many patients face delays in being discharged from hospital without the social care they need at home or having a place funded in a nursing home.

The budget cuts that the Conservative-led Government made to local councils are at the heart of this problem. In Salford, the council has had £100 million cut from its budget since 2010. This means that 1,000 fewer people are getting social care packages funded this year. It is clear that more elderly and frail patients are needing to be admitted to hospital and their hospital stays are longer than they should be because adequate care cannot be provided in the community.

It is clear that the Conservative-led Government cuts fuelled this crisis and David Cameron has not even made the NHS one of his election priorities. Ed Balls has said that Labour will do “whatever it takes” to make sure that the NHS is safe. We have committed to putting £2.5 billion extra into the NHS and social care to pay for thousands more care workers, more GPs and more nurses. Voters will have a choice between more crises in the NHS or a Labour plan to keep it safe.

Barbara's Salford Advertiser Column 22nd January 2015

The current crisis in NHS Accident and Emergency units makes clear just how close our vital health services can come to failing, even when dedicated staff work long hours to...


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