Local Campaigns

Campaigns which reach 100,000 signatures are almost always debated. But we may decide not to put a petition forward for debate if the issue has already been debated recently or there's a debate scheduled for the near future. If that's the case, we'll tell you how you can find out more about parliamentary debates on the issue raised by your petition.

Save Pontefract Birth Centre

Please sign the petition in order to persuade the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust to commit to the Pontefract Birth Centre operation and value the local services provided at Pontefract Hospital. 60 years ago, the Tories voted against it, and now, after all this time, this Tory Government is still underfunding our NHS. Our towns don’t deserve to lose any further local services at the cost of local people. All of my children were born at Pontefract Hospital and local families should have the choice of local midwife led care.

 

Please sign the petition in order to persuade the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust to commit to the Pontefract Birth Centre operation and value the local services provided at Pontefract Hospital.

60 years ago, the Tories voted against it, and now, after all this time, this Tory Government is still underfunding our NHS. Our towns don’t deserve to lose any further local services at the cost of local people. All of my children were born at Pontefract Hospital and local families should have the choice of local midwife led care.

 

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Action needed on street drinking in Castleford

Action needed on street drinking in Castleford Castleford needs the same powers as Pontefract and Wakefield to stop problem street drinking in the town. Support my petition for action here. Residents and shop workers shouldn't have to put up with anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking that has grown in Castleford town centre. It's completely unfair. That's why I've called for a "Public Spaces Protection Order" for Castleford town centre which would mean our neighbourhood police could step in to stop people getting drunk in the street - Pontefract and Wakefield already have these powers, we need them in Castleford too. Wakefield Council have said they will put forward plans for PSPO and they are asking for people's views. But we need to show that these plans have strong backing across our town. So please sign my petition if you agree. This problem has grown and it's not fair on people shopping, living and working in our town centre - so we also need stronger action to prevent problem street drinking in the first place. 

Action needed on street drinking in Castleford

Castleford needs the same powers as Pontefract and Wakefield to stop problem street drinking in the town. Support my petition for action here.

Residents and shop workers shouldn't have to put up with anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking that has grown in Castleford town centre. It's completely unfair.


That's why I've called for a "Public Spaces Protection Order" for Castleford town centre which would mean our neighbourhood police could step in to stop people getting drunk in the street - Pontefract and Wakefield already have these powers, we need them in Castleford too. Wakefield Council have said they will put forward plans for PSPO and they are asking for people's views. But we need to show that these plans have strong backing across our town. So please sign my petition if you agree.

This problem has grown and it's not fair on people shopping, living and working in our town centre - so we also need stronger action to prevent problem street drinking in the first place. 

Support the campaign Against the State Pension Increase

The Tory Government's decision to speed up the rise in women’s state pension age has hit many women round here hard.  I've long argued this was a completely unfair decision and that's why I'm backing the campaign by WASPI (Women Against the State Pension Increase) to get a fair deal for the women affected. Like Labour MPs from across the country I've called for urgent action from the Government to help those hardest hit immediately and to review all the transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s who are bearing the brunt of these changes. The Labour Party has also said that we would provide up to £150 a week extra to women who have been hardest hit by extending Pension Credit.  I've met WASPI campaigners from our area many times, both here and in Parliament. Let me know if yousupport the campaign for a fair deal for WASPI women by signing the petition below so we can continue to send a message to the Government.

The Tory Government's decision to speed up the rise in women’s state pension age has hit many women round here hard. 

I've long argued this was a completely unfair decision and that's why I'm backing the campaign by WASPI (Women Against the State Pension Increase) to get a fair deal for the women affected.

Like Labour MPs from across the country I've called for urgent action from the Government to help those hardest hit immediately and to review all the transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s who are bearing the brunt of these changes.

The Labour Party has also said that we would provide up to £150 a week extra to women who have been hardest hit by extending Pension Credit. 

I've met WASPI campaigners from our area many times, both here and in Parliament. Let me know if you support the campaign for a fair deal for WASPI women by signing the petition below so we can continue to send a message to the Government.

Stop the cuts to education

 
The Governments is planning big changes to the education funding rules, which will hit our area hard. Some schools could hundreds of thousands of pounds - the equivalent of about £500 per pupil.
 
The Tories have decided to change the education funding formula giving more money to some areas but leaving most schools, including ours, worse off. Wakefield District schools already get less funding than many others and this will hit us even harder.
 
Already Head Teachers across the country are already cutting back on new equipment, and support for children. These cuts to schools in Wakefield and the Five Towns would mean fewer teachers and larger class sizes in our area.
 
It’s not fair on our children. The education they get now affects their future for decades to come. I don't want to see the clock turned back to overcrowded classes, over stretched teachers or outdated equipment.
 
I've contacted all our local schools in Pontefract, Castleford, Normanton and Knottingley to see how hard they will be affected.   Labour MPs across the country are campaigning against these changes. The Government must not turn their back on areas like ours or on our children's future
Check how much your child's school could lose here:
NORMANTON
Normanton Common Primary Academy -£139,874
Normanton Junior Academy -£125,927
Normanton Altofts Junior School -£122,601
The Freeston Academy -£385,668
Newlands Primary School -£93,968
St. John the Baptist Catholic Primary School -£88,080
Normanton All Saints CofE Infant School -£111,813


PONTEFRACT
Pontefract Carleton Park Junior and Infant School -£101,252
Pontefract Larks Hill Junior and Infant School -£91,753
Pontefract De Lacy Primary School -£131,805
Pontefract Orchard Head Junior and Infant and Nursery School -£126,592
Pontefract Halfpenny Lane Junior Infant and Nursery School -£185,886
Carleton Community High School A Specialist Science With Mathematics School -£420,572
St Giles CofE Academy -£98,763
The King's School Specialising in Mathematics and Computing -£555,303
Darrington Church of England Primary School -£50,080
The Rookeries Carleton Junior and Infant School -£32,285
Holy Family and St Michael's Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Academy -£97,976
Cobblers Lane Primary School -£94,248

CASTLEFORD

Airedale Academy -£339,229
Airedale Junior School -£178,676
Castleford Oyster Park Primary School -£152,490
Airedale Infant School -£83,715
Castleford Townville Infants' School -£59,208
Ackton Pastures Primary School -£105,858
Martin Frobisher Infant School -£51,263
Lee Brigg Infant and Nursery School -£75,534
Castleford Half Acres Primary School -£74,660
Castleford Three Lane Ends Academy -£155,413
Castleford Academy -£662,702
Castleford Park Junior Academy -£170,726
Castleford Glasshoughton Infant School -£100,018
Castleford Wheldon Infant School and Nursery -£33,260
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Castleford -£119,395
Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School, Castleford -£156,980
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School -£103,515

KNOTTINGLEY

Knottingley St Botolphs C of E Academy -£130,505
England Lane Academy -£77,492
The Vale Primary Academy -£104,524
Simpson's Lane Academy -£201,087
Willow Green Academy -£118,772
De Lacy Academy -£397,492

Stop the Bedroom Tax petition

I believe this is the most unfair tax on low income families since the poll tax. Around 2,500 local families in WDH homes will be hit because the Government says they have too many bedrooms.

Many families will have to pay around £550 more over the course of a year – it could be over £1,000 if they have two extra bedrooms and are hit by council tax benefit cuts too. Disabled couples who need separate bedrooms and separated parents who have a bedroom for the kids to stay will have to pay the tax too.

Some people have told me they have considered moving house to avoid the charge, but can't find smaller homes to move to. WDH has less than 100 smaller homes available right now – they say it would take 7 years to re-house everyone.

It is appalling that the Tory led government has introduced this Bedroom tax at the same time as giving thousands of millionaires a tax cut of £100,000 a year.

If you or someone you know are badly affected there are two sources for direct help;

  • Wakefield District Housing help line on 0345 8 507 507 for financial and housing advice.
  • Wakefield Council has a Discretionary Housing Fund for those in extreme need. To apply for help you will need to call the Council on 0345 8 506 506 and ask for the Housing service.

Help me fight against this by adding your name below and sending a message to the Government to think again. It’s time they helped families who are working hard to make ends meet, instead of millionaires.

I am totally opposed to the Government slashing £3.8 million from GP’s budgets in our area which could see small practices closing; 38 full time doctors or 95 full time nurses being lost; and patients waiting longer to be seen by a GP.