Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara has criticised the Conservative Government’s Summer Budget because it will badly affect many working people while doing little to improve productivity or boost growth in the economy.

The Budget outlined deep cuts to tax credits which Barbara says will hit many thousands of people in Worsley and Eccles South. A lone parent with two children will lose £860 per year from the changes to tax credit but will only gain £400 from the increase to the National Minimum Wage. A couple with one person working full-time would lose over £2,000 in tax credits from the changes announced.

Barbara said:

“I am very concerned about the impact that this budget will have on working people in Salford. The Conservatives did not give details of these cuts before the General Election and so they cannot say they had a mandate for these changes.”

“The Budget fails to protect working people and those on low incomes. Over two thirds of families who receive tax credits are in work but they are going to bear the brunt of cuts from next year. Pushing more families into poverty will not provide the support needed to achieve the long-term growth and increased productivity that the country needs.”

“I have had many constituents contact me because they were concerned about the impact that tax credit cuts will have on them. Tax credits can mean that they can feed their children properly or they are used to help an older child attend College. We should be tackling the root causes of welfare spending – low pay and high housing costs – not making working people worse off by cutting tax credits before their pay improves."

Barbara says Budget will hit working people in Salford

Barbara has criticised the Conservative Government’s Summer Budget because it will badly affect many working people while doing little to improve productivity or boost growth in the economy.

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Barbara marked Armed Forces Day by leading the Armed Forces Day Parade through Winton. The parade ended in Winton Park where Barbara met veterans from Salford.

Armed Forces Day is a day to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community - from troops who are serving currently, their families, veterans and cadets.

Barbara and Deputy Lieutenant Paul Griffiths were joined by Rebecca Long-Bailey MP and Councillor Paul Dennett at the start of the parade. The parade marched through Winton led by the Cadishead Public Band and ended at the Winton Festival in Winton Park. Members of local squadrons marching in the parade including the Royal Logistic Corps 236, Transport Squadron 319 and the Air and Sea Cadets.

Barbara said:

“I am proud to have led this parade to mark Armed Forces Day in Worsley and Eccles South, to honour the brave men and women who keep our country safe. It was a privilege to meet and talk to veterans including Albert Leek from Walkden, a 92 year old veteran of the Arctic Convoys.  It was also good to meet volunteers with the Salford Armed Forces Network, who do a great job supporting our veterans and their families.”

“I would like to congratulate the organisers of the Winton Festival for creating such a successful event for our local community. Cadishead Public Band did an excellent job of leading the parade and playing at the festival. This is the very best of our community in Worsley and Eccles South and it makes me proud to represent local people in Parliament.”

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Barbara marks Armed Forces Day and celebrates the Winton Festival

Barbara marked Armed Forces Day by leading the Armed Forces Day Parade through Winton. The parade ended in Winton Park where Barbara met veterans from Salford.

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Barbara has called for action to put women’s sport on an equal footing to men’s sport. There are issues in lower levels of participation of girls and women and lower levels of pay and sponsorship in careers in sport for women.

Barbara is the co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women’s Sport and Fitness. She was speaking in a Westminster debate on the Olympic Legacy after figures showed that 212,000 fewer women now participate in sport, compared to 2012.

Barbara said:

“Despite the great performance of England in the Women’s World Cup, the numbers of women taking part in sport has fallen since the Olympics. I am concerned about the impact that inactivity has on the health of women in Salford. Less than one in four women take part in sport or fitness activities once a week, compared to nearly four in ten men. This is lower than both national and North West averages for women taking part in sport.”

“It is also harder for women to make a career out of sport, as the rewards of pay and sponsorship are much lower for women than men. England won the women’s rugby world cup with a team who were not paid professionally, nearly all of the players had other jobs. In football even elite players are not earning a great deal, with some players in the Women’s Super League paid as little as £50 a week. We need better levels of funding, sponsorship and pay to promote sport as a possible career for women.”

“Lessons can be learnt from the USA where they have laws to ensure equal funding for sport in high schools and colleges. It is time the Government had a strategy to deal with the barriers preventing women and girls taking part in sport and physical activity and I have called on them to develop that.”

Barbara calls for action to put women’s sport on more equal footing

Barbara has called for action to put women’s sport on an equal footing to men’s sport. There are issues in lower levels of participation of girls and women and lower...


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