Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Birkenhead has led the way this year in the national fightback against hunger. That was one of the themes running through last week’s cross-party report, A route map to ending hunger as we know it in the United Kingdom, which was launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury. A second theme, sadly, was that hunger in our town is here to stay unless the Government can pay benefits and tax credits promptly and in full, protect the wellbeing of strivers working on zero hours contracts, and bring
A few hundred Birkenhead residents out of 68,000 voters across the town wrote with their views on last week’s vote on Syria. Correspondence with local residents is always important to me as you are always actively lobbying me on a number of topics. Very few of those writing to me last week showed alarming ignorance over my work as their Member of Parliament. One even suggested I should pay the food bank a visit. His ignorance blinded him to the work I’ve been doing with our food
I will be supporting a bill on Friday which seeks to give local authorities the powers they need to stop cars parking on pavements. The problem of pavement parking is particularly acute in some of Birkenhead’s residential streets where the pavements are so narrow and parking spaces so few. The Pavement Parking Bill, which I have co-sponsored, sets out to help the blind, the elderly and mums with pushchairs and young children whose lives are put at risk by rows of cars parked on the...
A look at the waiting times for treatment at Arrowe Park tells us everything about the financial pressures on the NHS that will blow it apart by the end of this Parliament. While many patients find they receive better healthcare away from hospital, Arrowe’s own financial black hole has led it to try and pull in health services from the community. With the NHS facing a financial black hole of £30 billion by 2020, this reversion to the 1948 model of hospital-based care will continue
A few weeks ago I put forward a cost-free emergency proposal to protect the poorest workers from the Government’s planned cuts to tax credits. The Chancellor of the Exchequer signalled at the time that there would be no extra money to ease the pain, but the debate has moved on since then. Both Houses of Parliament have voted to halt to the planned cuts. MPs unanimously supported my Commons Motion calling on the Chancellor to compensate low earners. This hiatus gives the Chancellor an...
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