Whitehaven News column – 24th December 2014

Public spending cuts: the worst is yet to come Nobody can fail to have been affected by the Coalition Government’s spending cuts. Areas all over the country – particularly areas like ours – have been disproportionately hammered. Some estimates suggest that George Osborne’s further cuts will render as much as 50% of councils unsustainable in … More Whitehaven News column – 24th December 2014

Copeland Council facing biggest cuts in the country

19th December 2014  The Government have announced the Provisional Local Government Financial Settlement for 2015/16 and Copeland Borough Council faces the biggest cut in the entire country. Copeland, along with a number of other councils including Barrow-in-Furness and Allerdale, faces cuts of 6.4% in spending power.  This is a loss in funding equivalent to more … More Copeland Council facing biggest cuts in the country

Whitehaven News column – 18th December 2014

A long road worth travelling Getting things done in politics, like life, is never automatic. Improving the lives of the people of the community you represent can take longer than you hoped. It’s frustrating, it’s exasperating and matters are often outside of your control. All of which means that perseverance is key. It was never, … More Whitehaven News column – 18th December 2014

Whitehaven News column – 11th December 2014

Goodbye to a Great Man It’s fashionable these days to be cynical about politics and politicians. For many people, politicians are self-seeking, vain, useless, corrupt and worse. It isn’t true of course, but the unaccountable, anonymous nature of social media makes it easier for claims without foundation to take flight, for baseless insinuations to be … More Whitehaven News column – 11th December 2014

Coalition has failed on its own terms

3rd December 2014 George Osborne has delivered his Autumn Statement in which he has revealed the scale of his failings.  The Chancellor staked his reputation on eradicating the deficit by 2015 and maintaining Britain’s AAA credit rating.  Figures from the Autumn Statement reveal that the Government have borrowed £219 billion more over this parliament than … More Coalition has failed on its own terms

West Cumberland Hospital: Response to NICE home births recommendations

3rd December 2014Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed has responded to today’s NICE recommendations ‘encouraging women to give birth at midwife-led units rather than traditional labour wards’.He said:“There is nothing in today’s recommendations that should in any way detract from the overwhelming case for retaining consultant led maternity services at the West … More West Cumberland Hospital: Response to NICE home births recommendations