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Bridget_Phillipson_MP_support_Labour_In_For_Britain.jpgBridget Phillipson, Houghton and Sunderland South MP, is supporting Labour In For Britain campaign.

Commenting on the campaign, Bridget said:

"Jobs and growth in the north east rely on Britain's continuing membership of the European Union.

"Over half our nation's exports go to EU countries, worth hundreds of billions of pounds every year.

"EU law guarantees UK workers a minimum of 4 weeks paid holiday, protected maternity and parental leave, equal treatment for part time and agency workers. Cross border challenges such as terrorism, organised crime and climate change cannot be tackled by one country alone.

"A vote to leave is a vote to remove our influence and voice. It would jeopardise thousands of jobs and businesses in our region."

Bridget Phillipson MP supports Labour In For Britain campaign

Bridget Phillipson, Houghton and Sunderland South MP, is supporting Labour In For Britain campaign.

Last week Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget statement. A mere forty eight hours later the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith had resigned. The government then bowed to pressure and u-turned on £4 billion of cuts to disabled people. Never has a Budget unravelled so fast.

Osborne's Budget represented six wasted years of Tory failure. Forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility show that he will miss two of his three targets for the economy. He is being forced to borrow far more than he planned. Economic growth, wages, business investment, and productivity have all been revised down. There is no long term economic plan.

The Budget was also deeply unfair. Half a million people with disabilities, over 4800 in Sunderland alone, would lose more than £4 billion in cuts to Personal Independence Payments. At the same time, the wealthiest are being handed a big tax cut.

Many local residents have already contacted me to share their concerns about what further disability cuts would mean for them and their loved ones. I'm glad that the PIP cuts won't go ahead at this point, but it won't undo the damage of the bedroom tax or the cuts to Employment and Support Allowance for disabled people. 

We were also in the bizarre situation where MPs in Parliament were asked to vote for a Budget with a £4 billion black hole. Hardly credible or sustainable.

When this Government first came to power in 2010 they promised that we were all in this together. But even Iain Duncan Smith in his resignation letter said that cuts to disability benefits at the same as tax cuts for the rich could not be justified.

What we needed was a Budget focused on increasing prosperity and opportunity across Britain, but especially in communities such as ours. Instead all we heard was hollow rhetoric about a so-called long term economic plan, the reality of which involves impoverishing working people to give Tory voters tax cuts. That’s not in the national interest and it hasn't proved to be in George Osborne's either. 

Originally published in the Sunderland Echo on 24th March 2016. You can read the full article here.

Bridget: "Osborne’s Budget was hollow rhetoric"

Last week Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget statement. A mere forty eight hours later the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith had resigned. The government...

March 2016 - Bridget visting pupils at Houghton Kepier SchoolHoughton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson visited Kepier School and met with students to discuss their concerns regarding the Syrian refugee crisis and Britain's response.

Commenting after the event, Bridget said:

“Kepier School recently commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day and as well as remembering what went on in the past, they looked at the world today.

“Many of the pupils subsequently wrote to me to express their concerns about the need to protect Syrian refugees. I raised their concerns with ministers and contacted the school to arrange to meet with some of the pupils who had written to me.

“It’s always positive to meet young people who are taking an interest in the community and world affairs. I was very impressed with the work they and the school have been doing and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing their views and answering their questions on my role as a Member of Parliament. I hope my visit has given them an insight into the life of an M.P. and also encouraged them to take an active role in society.”

Steven Forsythe, Head of Year at Kepier School said:

“I was really pleased Bridget took the time out of her busy schedule to visit the learners and discuss their concerns over Syria with them. They asked some really pertinent questions about Syria, but also about Parliament, the EU and the American Primaries. They demonstrated how wrong it is to assume young people aren’t interested in politics.”

Photo caption: Pictured with pupils from Kepier School are Bridget Phillipson MP, Nicola Cooper (Head Teacher) Steven Forsythe (Head of Year at Kepier)

Bridget meets pupils of Houghton Kepier School to discuss refugee crisis

Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson visited Kepier School and met with students to discuss their concerns regarding the Syrian refugee crisis and Britain's response.


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