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17_06_09____1__28446_202rm_cancer_instagram___1080px_x_1080px.jpgBridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, has spoken out in support of National Blood Week.

National Blood Week runs from 19 -25 June and celebrates the life-saving difference that blood donors make every day.

Over the last year 900,000 people have given up their time to help patients in need, but more new donors are desperately needed.

In England, 200,000 new blood donors are needed to ensure that patients in the future have access to the blood they need, when they need it.

There are 1244 registered blood donors in Houghton and Sunderland South – just 1.4% of people in the constituency.

To register to give blood, visit blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to find your nearest session.

Bridget Phillipson MP said:

“I’m delighted to share my support for National Blood Week, which is a really important cause. I’m a donor myself and I know how straightforward it can be.

“Giving blood can make a real difference to someone’s life, but it’s clear that there simply aren’t enough donors to ensure people can get the blood they need.

“I know that a lot of local people donate blood, but I’d like to encourage more to do so. With only 1244 registered donors in Houghton and Sunderland South, we can do better.

“When you give blood, you can save someone’s life while going about your own.

“All you need to do is give blood, and you’ll be right there, helping someone when they need it.”

Bridget Phillipson MP lends her support to National Blood Week

Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, has spoken out in support of National Blood Week.

Bridget_Phillipson_re-elected_in_June_2017.jpgIt's a huge honour to be back in Westminster getting on with the job of fighting for our community and standing up for Houghton and Sunderland South.

The Tories are so desperate to cling onto power they've done a deal with the DUP. I will fight any attempt to reverse our hard-won rights and freedoms, and I will always stand up for Labour values.

I promised that if I was re-elected, my door would always be open, whatever your politics. If you need my help, don't hesitate to get in touch.

You can email me at bridget.phillipson.mp@parliament.uk or contact my constituency office on 0191 584 4317.

Bridget Phillipson MP: It's a privilege to be re-elected as Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South

It's a huge honour to be back in Westminster getting on with the job of fighting for our community and standing up for Houghton and Sunderland South.

Bridget_Phillipson_MP_PAC_Capital_Funding_for_Schools_13-03-2017.pngIt’s been a huge privilege to have served on the cross-party Public Accounts Committee (PAC) since 2015. This influential Committee makes sure every penny of your taxes is well spent.

This week the Committee has been working flat out to make sure all our reports are published before Parliament dissolves for the General Election on 8 June.

One such report concerns the inquiry we held into capital funding for schools last month, when the Committee heard evidence from the former and acting Headteachers of Hetton School.

They told us that delays to the Priority Schools Building Programme led to children being hosed down when suspected asbestos dust fell from their crumbling old building.

After hearing this shocking story, I raised serious concerns that the government was allocating more money to build free schools at a time when existing schools are falling into disrepair.

The government itself estimates that £7billion is needed to bring the existing school estate up to a satisfactory standard, and a further £7billion to bring them up to good condition.

This week’s PAC report echoes my concerns and condemns the government’s free schools policy as incoherent and poor value for money.

It said the government is spending well over the odds in its bid to create 500 more free schools, many of which are also in inadequate premises and without on-site playgrounds or sports facilities.

In short, it’s clear that the government is failing our children.

420,000 new school places are needed by 2021 to cater for the growing school-age population, but ministers have completely failed to provide places where they are needed.

Instead, they’ve wasted billions of pounds in the rush to build new free schools where there is no need. Developers can see them coming, so prices for new school sites are going up as a result.

Schools are already under significant financial pressure due to government demands for £3billion of savings by 2020. Figures compiled by the National Union of Teachers show that every primary and secondary school in my area will lose money, and every school will lose teachers.

I’ve warned time and again that these demands risk plunging schools into an NHS-style funding crisis – schools are already so short of cash they’ve had to send out begging letters to parents. Ministers simply won’t listen.

The government’s record on education is clear: less choice, less funding, fewer teachers, and a crumbling schools estate.

Our children deserve better. They need a Labour government.

This article was first published in the Sunderland Echo on 27 April 2017. You can read the original version here.

Bridget Phillipson MP: Our children deserve better than this Tory government

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