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Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson, has attended the ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’ event at the House of Commons to lend her support to shopworkers who are assaulted at work.

The event was held as part of a wider ‘Freedom From Fear’ campaign by the Union for Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw), which aims to prevent violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers.

‘Respect for Shopworkers Week,’ which runs from 10-14 November, highlights these important issues and called for politicians to recognise the need for there to be a change in the law to give shopworkers better protection from assault.

Usdaw is campaigning for a new law that would create a specific offense relating to assault on people who come into face-to-face contact with members of the public when carrying out their job.

Speaking after the event, Bridget Phillpson MP said:  

“Respect for Shopworkers Week is an important part of Usdaw’s campaign to raise awareness of the abuse that shopworkers have to deal with on a regular basis.  

On four separate occasions this year Labour MPs and Peers have supported Usdaw’s plans to introduce new legislation to give shopworkers the legal protection they need. Unfortunately the government blocked every one of these proposals.  

It is crucial that the government understands the extent of the problem: more than 300 shopworkers are assaulted every day simply for doing their jobs.  

It is clear that the government needs to do more to protect shopworkers. Abuse should not be part of their job.”

Bridget Phillipson MP supports Usdaw's 'Respect for Shopworkers Week'

Protecting shopworkers from abuse Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson, has attended the ‘Respect for Shopworkers Week’ event at the House of Commons to lend her...

Bridget Phillipson MP asks Chancellor for fair funding deal for north east councils

Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson has pressed the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP to give north east councils a fairer funding deal.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Bridget asked the Chancellor if, in the wake of his recent announcement to give cities in the north more power over their economic future, he would reverse the damaging and disproportionate cuts he has imposed on north east councils.

Since the 2010 General Election councils in England have endured the biggest cuts of any part of the public sector.

The Local Government Association has said that over the course of the current Parliament core funding for local government will plummet by 40%, with councils being forced to make £20 billion in savings. The north east has been disproportionately affected by these stringent cuts, which are exacerbated by the fact that demand for services (particularly social services) tends to be greater in the north east where there are higher rates of joblessness and lower than average incomes.

Following the Chancellor’s recent announcement to devolve a large number of powers to Greater Manchester, Bridget took the opportunity at Treasury Questions this week to ask the Chancellor reconsider his attitude towards local government funding in the north east.

Bridget asked the Chancellor:

"Will the Chancellor, as the self-styled champion of the north, now look again at his early decisions and their impact, and will he commit to a fairer funding settlement for north-east councils?"

In response the Chancellor refused to reverse his decision and instead promised only to work with north east councils in the future.

Speaking after Treasury Questions, Bridget said:

“George Osborne is now apparently the ‘Champion of the North’ after his recent announcement on powers to Greater Manchester.

"But when I asked him if he would support a fair deal for north east councils, which has been forced to endure huge and disproportionate year-on-year funding cuts since the 2010 election, he refused to consider it.

"There is no point in promising to work with north east councils if they have no funds to work with.

"Frontline services have already been affected by four years of cuts, and further cuts are planned in the near future.

"If the Chancellor is serious about supporting northern economies then he needs to understand that the north doesn’t end at Manchester or Leeds.

"He should reverse his decision to slash the budgets of Tyne and Wear councils and give them a fairer funding deal.”

Bridget calls on Chancellor for fair funding deal for north east councils

Bridget Phillipson MP asks Chancellor for fair funding deal for north east councils Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson has pressed the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP...

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Bridget Phillipson MP celebrates Big Bus Campaign victory

The North East Combined Authority yesterday voted in favour of establishing the country's first regulated transport system outside of London since 1986, ending a four year campaign led by Bridget Phillipson MP.

The decision kicks starts the process set out in the 2000 and 2008 Transport Acts where the proposed scheme will be verified by the QCS Board in Whitehall before implementation. The scheme is due to come into force in early 2017.

The agreement comes after a letter to all North East Combined Authority leaders organised by Bridget Phillipson MP was signed by all twelve MPs in Tyne and Wear.

The letter urged the Combined Authority to vote in favour of establishing a regulated transport system to support jobs and growth in the region.

Speaking after the vote, Bridget Phillipson MP, said:

“I am delighted the North East Combined Authority has voted to introduce the country's first regulated transport system outside of London since the Thatcher government deregulated bus services in 1986.  

“The Quality Contract Scheme Board will now be asked to assess the scheme before it can be brought into force. The bus operators should now respect this democratic decision and work to support passengers."

Victory for better bus services across Tyne and Wear

Bridget Phillipson MP celebrates Big Bus Campaign victory The North East Combined Authority yesterday voted in favour of establishing the country's first regulated transport system outside of London since 1986,...


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