Ensuring Worsley & Eccles South isn't underfunded by the Conservative Government
Barbara is currently the Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health and Social Care. The Conservatives have continued to make cuts that deny services to those vulnerable people who need them. Barbara has campaigned tirelessly for improvements in mental health and social care services and for improved support and recognition for carers. With Barbara as their Member of Parliament, residents of Worsley & Eccles South will always have a strong voice standing up for them.
Exposing the pension betrayal of 1950s-born women by Conservatives
Barbara was the leading figure in exposing the unfair betrayal of the Conservative-led Government in denying to millions of women the state pension they had worked hard for all of their lives. The changes made in 2011 have already forced thousands of women into real uncertainty and financial hardship, leaving them with no time to plan. Conservatives and Liberal Democrat Ministers made rapid changes to State Pension Age which they failed to communicate to the women affected. Barbara has stood by the 1950’s-born women from the very beginning and now works with MPs across parties in a group she founded with the aim of getting fair transitional protection.
Barbara leads the fight to get better support for unpaid family carers
Barbara has been a champion for carers throughout her time as an MP. She has brought in Private Member’s Bills to ensure that carers are identified and signposted to get the support they need. She has also brought in a Bill to exempt unpaid family carers from the Bedroom Tax. Conservative and Liberal Democrat Ministers have failed to support these measures that Barbara brought forward.More recently, Barbara has championed an increase to the Carers Allowance and this policy is included in the Labour Manifesto.
Barbara fights to protect our green open spaces
Barbara has fought alongside local people to try and protect many areas of Green Belt and green open spaces from inappropriate development, including the land at Burgess Farm in Walkden and at Broadoak in Worsley. Barbara also made strong objections to proposals in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and the Local Plan which involved inappropriate development on the Green Belt.
Campaigning against fracking in Worsley & Eccles South
Barbara has been very vocal in her opposition to proposals for exploratory drilling and fracking at Barton Moss and she will continue to oppose fracking in Worsley and Eccles South in the future. The Labour Manifesto proposes a ban on fracking.
Protecting the Environment locally
Barbara campaigned successfully against the continued extraction of peat at Chat Moss, raising strong objections and speaking at the Public Inquiry. Barbara also raised serious concerns about environmental problems at White's Recycling Plant in Barton and held a debate in Parliament to highlight the problems. Following interventions from Barbara, the Environment Agency took action to close the plant and eventually the site was cleared.
Barbara supports local foodbanks
Barbara supports local charities running foodbanks in Worsley and Eccles South and helps with food collections whenever she can. Barbara believes it is a disgrace that under this Conservative Government there are now 2,000 foodbanks, feeding one million families nationally. Barbara will do whatever she can as MP for Worsley & Eccles South to help provide support for people and families in need.
Barbara supports work to overcome loneliness and isolation
Barbara has pledged to support the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to help overcome isolation and loneliness in Salford. She has started to work with councillors and others to develop ideas to combat loneliness and isolation in Salford. I have also worked with Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and with the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub to hear about initiatives that are already working in Greater Manchester and to develop new ideas.
Barbara will fight attempts to bring back fox hunting
Barbara is committed to Labour’s pledges to drive progress on animal welfare and she will fight any attempt by Conservatives to overturn the Ban on fox hunting. She wants to see the UK leading with high standards of animal welfare in the wild, in farming and for domestic animals. Barbara supports Labour’s policies to increase sentencing for the most serious animal welfare crimes, a ban of the third party sale of puppies, as well as bans on badger culling, the use of wild animals in circuses and vigorously opposing any return to fox hunting.
Barbara supports Salford Red Devils fans’ campaign against a name change
Barbara is supporting fans of Salford Red Devils in their campaign against a name change for the club. The Salford fans are rightly proud of their great City and worried that the club might change its name after 144 years. Barbara is joining with local people in showing solidarity and pride in their City and their local club and opposing any name change.
Barbara is the strong and experienced voice for local people
Barbara has 12 years experience as the local Member of Parliament and she also served as a councillor for 9 years. She has helped thousands of people with local issues. As a councillor, Barbara was the council cabinet member for Education and services for children and young people, responsible for a budget of over £100 million of public services. Barbara has also worked in the IT industry as a systems engineer and systems engineering manager.