Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action to help critically ill 70 year old constituent, Malcolm Munroe, who has been in hospital in Dubai since suffering a stroke in December 2013.

As a result of his illness and hospitalisation Mr Munroe’s Dubai-based business went into liquidation. In 2014, a court case was brought against Mr Munroe over debts owed to creditors and he was sentenced to three years imprisonment in Dubai. In 2014 Barbara wrote to the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, to raise Mr Munroe’s case and to ask for action.

Mr Munroe’s family say that he would be unable to serve his prison sentence, as he can only just move his head, is fed through a tube and is permanently connected to an oxygen tank

Mr Munroe recently turned 70 and is still critically ill and receiving treatment at a hospital in Dubai. Due to the risk of arrest by association, Mr Munroe’s wife and sons have not been able to visit him in hospital in Dubai for the last three years.

Barbara has again taken up the case with the current Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and has asked him to review the case as a matter of urgency.

Barbara said:

“This case is very worrying. My constituent, Mr Munroe, is critically ill having suffered a major stroke in Dubai. He is 70 years old and as a result of his illness is now very frail. He remains alone in a Dubai Hospital, as his family have been prevented from visiting him.

“My constituent’s family want him to be able to return home for the continued medical treatment he needs and to re-join his wife and sons in the UK”.

“I have written to the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, to raise Mr Munroe’s case as a matter of urgency. I have asked him to take all action available to him through diplomatic channels to urge the UAE to grant clemency to Mr Munroe.”

“I hope that the Foreign Secretary can take action so that Mr Munroe can be treated back in Salford with his family by his side.”

Barbara calls on Foreign Secretary to take urgent action to help critically ill constituent stranded in Dubai

Barbara has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to take action to help critically ill 70 year old constituent, Malcolm Munroe, who has been in hospital in Dubai since...

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Barbara has called on the Government to confirm whether or not a special deal was done for Surrey County Council, which may have led to the local authority calling off a Referendum for a 15 per cent increase in council tax to pay for social care at the last minute.

During Prime Minister’s Questions it was suggested that the Leader of Surrey County Council may have been communicating with officials at the Department for Communities and Local Government who had been working on a solution that would avoid the need for the referendum.

Barbara has called on Government Ministers to say whether or not a deal had been offered to Surrey which resulted in the authority calling off the referendum and she asked whether the same deal would be offered to all local authorities, not just the Tory-run authorities, to help solve the social care funding crisis.

Commenting on the revelations at Prime Minister’s Questions on social care funding and Surrey Council’s plans for a Referendum, Barbara said:

“Salford City Council has seen brutal cuts of over 40% to our budgets since 2010. The Tory Government has forced the council into both a squeeze on adult social care budgets and increases in council tax to pay for social care. Salford is set to lose a further £2.3million from social care in the next year, due to the way that the Government is clawing back money for social care from the new homes bonus.

“Surrey County Council is one of only a few authorities in the country to have been able to increase its social care spending, as cuts there have been 28% rather than over 40% for Salford. Last year the Government made an extra funding settlement of £300 million, of which 83% went to Tory authorities. Doing any sort of deal which just favours Tory authorities is clearly not acceptable.

“Tory Ministers must come clean now and answer questions as to just what they said or promised to Surrey County Council to get them to call off the Referendum on raising council tax by 15% to pay for adult social care. Any deals to help social care funding have to be offered to all councils.”

Barbara calls on Ministers to “come clean” following Surrey Council social care revelations

Barbara has called on the Government to confirm whether or not a special deal was done for Surrey County Council, which may have led to the local authority calling off...

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Barbara is supporting the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which was recently launched in Parliament.

Jo Cox was determined to do what she could to tackle the loneliness crisis. In just over a year as an MP Jo had gathered detailed evidence about isolation in a number of different vulnerable groups. Through her work she met older people who had not spoken to another person in weeks, children in schools who felt alone despite having hundreds of online friends, and new parents who suddenly found themselves without their social connections at work. In January 2016, Jo formed a cross-party commission of organisations, campaigners and individuals to look at ways to tackle the issue.

Following Jo’s tragic death last June, the work of the Commission is now being taken forward in her memory. Working with 13 charities including Age UK and Action for Children, the Commission aims to shine a spotlight on the different aspects of loneliness and to look at positive ways to tackle the issues.

Barbara joined Jo’s parents, her sister and MPs from all parties at the launch in Parliament. Barbara is giving her backing to the work of the Commission and pledged to continue the work Jo started locally in Salford.

Barbara said:

“Tackling loneliness is a key issue. 1 in 5 people say they are always or often lonely, but almost two thirds say they feel uncomfortable admitting to it. It is an issue that affects people of all ages and yet too often it can go undetected as many people suffer in silence.

“I want to continue the work of the Commission on this important issue locally by looking at how loneliness is affecting people in Salford and at finding ways we can tackle the problem.”

Barbara backs Commission to tackle loneliness in Salford, in memory of Jo Cox MP

Barbara is supporting the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness which was recently launched in Parliament. Jo Cox was determined to do what she could to tackle the...


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