Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara has welcomed the announcement that a Labour Government would abolish the Bedroom Tax with effect from day one of taking office.

Labour has promised that, if elected on May 7th they would make changes which would abolish the Bedroom Tax with immediate effect. This would be done by sending money to councils across the country to compensate for the Tax meaning families should no longer have to pay the charge. Labour would then bring in legislation to abolish the Tax formally as soon as possible.

Barbara said:

“I have campaigned against the Bedroom Tax and I am proud that one of the first things a Labour Government would do is to abolish this unfair Tax.”

“1,425 households in Worsley and Eccles South are hit by the Bedroom Tax, which means they have to find £720 a year to pay the charge. If the Conservatives win the election and do not abolish the Bedroom Tax then it will cost each family affected by the Tax in the North West an extra £3,700 over the course of the next Parliament.”

“The Bedroom Tax is one of the most unfair policies coming from the Conservative-led Government. Two-thirds of households affected by this unfair charge are disabled people and over 60,000 carers are affected.”

“For a fairer future, we need a Labour Government and we need to see an end to this Tax.”

Barbara welcomes announcement that a Labour Government would scrap the Bedroom Tax from Day One

Barbara has welcomed the announcement that a Labour Government would abolish the Bedroom Tax with effect from day one of taking office.

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I believe it is important to support the debt charity StepChange and other organisations working to help tackle problem debt. 

With rising living costs and ruthless payday lenders, many people are finding themselves in problem debt. I believe that we need to do more so people get advice and help sooner so this problem can be avoided.

A Labour Government would tackle exploitative payday loan companies and promote more sustainable forms of personal lending. To tackle household debt we will introduce a new levy on payday lenders, using the funds raised to boost low-cost alternatives like credit unions.
 
Labour would also provide greater support and advice for people facing debt problems. We would do this by introducing a national programme of ‘social prescribing’ in GP surgeries and primary care which will help people to access debt advice sooner. 
 
Step Change has helped to highlight the need for much greater action to prevent personal debt and improve debt advice services.  I believe we need a Labour Government to address this and to build an economy where people are not drawn into the arms of high-interest lenders.
 
If I am re-elected on May the 7th I will continue to campaign for measures to help people avoid debt and to help them get out of problem debt.

Barbara Supports StepChange to Tackle Problem Debt

I believe it is important to support the debt charity StepChange and other organisations working to help tackle problem debt.  With rising living costs and ruthless payday lenders, many people...

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I support the International Fund for Animal Welfare in its work to protect animals in the UK and abroad.

As a Labour Member of Parliament I have campaigned to improve the welfare of animals. The UK should continue to lead international efforts to combat the illegal trade in endangered wildlife and wildlife products. We must also work towards putting a stop to practices that are endangering species, such as commercial whaling.

Our Labour values tell us that we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way. No other major political party has such a proven track record of decisive action for animals at home, on farms and in the wild.
 
The last Labour Government achieved much to end the cruel and unnecessary suffering of animals: the banning of hunting with dogs, securing an end to cosmetic testing on animals, banning fur farming and introducing the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

This is a legacy that we are proud of – one which we believe shows that Labour is the only party to trust on animal welfare. I am proud that Labour introduced the hunting ban over a decade ago and we will continue to defend it. Despite the hunting ban’s success and the support of the British public, the Hunting Act 2004 is under threat from the Conservatives who have promised to hold a free vote on repealing the Act.

If I am re-elected on May 7th I will campaign for initiatives to protect our native wildlife species and to protect animals abroad.

Barbara supports IFAW to protect animals

I support the International Fund for Animal Welfare in its work to protect animals in the UK and abroad. As a Labour Member of Parliament I have campaigned to improve...


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