Dear friends,


Please see below my letter to residents following our recent residents meeting at Moorfield Hall, last Friday:


Dear Friend

Moorfield Hall Residents’ Meeting – my feedback

Many thanks indeed to everyone who came along to monthly residents’ meeting on Friday 20th june at Moorfield Hall, together with Cllrs Ian Ward, John Cotton and Marje Bridle. I promised to write with a list of issues raised – and next steps.


Dear friends,


My question to the Secretary of State in Birmingham was unfortunately cut short by the Speaker today. Here is the full text. I have written to the Secretary of State to put across my questions in full.




Dear Michael


New figures in this week’s Labour Market Statistics reveal Working people are £830 worse off than this time last year..

Average wages were flat on the year in February 2013 – the lowest growth since April 2009 – while RPI inflation was 3.2% in February 2013. This means people are £16 a week poorer than they were last February.

Wage growth excluding bonuses is now at its lowest level since records began in 2001.

My speech to the Fabian Society on the 70th Anniversary of the Beveridge Report, 1st December 2012, Toynbee Hall

I can’t tell you what a privilege it is to deliver a few words to day to mark the 70th anniversary of the Beveridge Report.

I can’t think of a better place to speak than here at Toynbee Hall.

And I can’t think of a better host than the Fabian Society.

The Beveridge Report is part of our new testament.

Opposition Day Debate Speech, Tuesday 11th September 2012

Mr Speaker, I rise to move the motion in my name and the name of my Right Honourable Friends.

Mr Speaker, at the centre of this debate is a simple principle.

That anyone in this country should be better off in work than on benefits.

It’s a principle in which we passionately believe.

We are a party founded for working people. We’re the Labour Party.