Barbara Keeley MP


Salford Advertiser Column 14 July 2011

After many months of campaigning by two Labour MPs, Chris Bryant and Tom Watson, I and many other Labour MPs stood up in Westminster to demand an emergency debate on the phone hacking scandal.

Labour MPs have taken the lead in demanding an enquiry led by a judge into the hacking scandal. Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has also led calls to stop any progress on the News International bid for BSkyB, until the criminal investigation into the News of the World is complete.

I am proud of the work done by my Labour colleagues to ensure that the phone hacking scandal was exposed. Many constituents have contacted me because they are appalled at journalists hacking into the phones of the families of murder victims, 7/7 bombings or of our fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Inquiries are now going to be held. We must ensure that standards of journalism improve and that journalists do not intrude on the grief of families of victims or of our fallen soldiers.

Another important issue that I and other MPs are working on is finding a solution to the problem of who pays for social care. It is often only when people come to need social care that they find out it is not free like health care.  People who need nursing home care or very complex care at home can find the costs very steep.
The current system is unfair and it needs to change because people without much income or savings can still be hit hardest by care costs. Many people who need care end up having their needs unmet. A report by Andrew Dilnot has highlighted a way in which care costs can be met more fairly with better support for those people with the greatest level of need.
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has offered to work with the other parties to find a solution to paying for social care on which we can all agree. I think that is the right way forward and I hope the Conservative-led Government acts positively on his offer.

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