Barbara was recently a guest on the Andy Crane Show on BBC Radio Manchester, with presenter Phil Gayle standing in for Andy Crane. The two hour show has an MP, a musician and a comedian discussing topical issues and reviewing stories from the Sunday papers.
Barbara led the discussion on a variety of subjects including the Government’s campaign to improve physical fitness amongst young people and the recent appointment of Arlene Phillips as a champion for dance. Barbara also spoke about the decision to axe Arlene from Strictly Come Dancing and the concern that the decision to do this was ageist.
Barbara defended the excellent record of the NHS which had been attacked by commentators in the US and by the Tory MEP Daniel Hannan. The panel also reviewed a story about David Cameron taking flights donated by business chiefs on their private jets and talked about the impact that such flights have on the environment, compared to road and rail journeys.
Barbara also discussed Labour’s investment in education over the past 12 years and how this was now leading to improved exam results, with better results at ‘A’ level expected this year.
Commenting on the show, Barbara said:
“Shows like the Andy Crane show on the BBC are important in giving an MP a chance to talk about issues at some length – like the importance of defending our excellent NHS service against the sort of misrepresentation we have heard this week. We talked about many issues of importance to people in Worsley and Eccles and I enjoyed taking part in the discussion."
Barbara with comedian Phil Ellis, singer Sheila Nicholls, guest presenter Phil Gayle and the BBC's Emma Goswell.