Mary Creagh

Working hard for Wakefield

Articles and Speeches

Although it may have passed most people by, a problem was recently discovered with the Airbus A330 aeroplane flight control computers. Sensor blockage could, under certain circumstances, lead to the unexpected activation of the aeroplane’s angle-of-attack protection. Airbus has updated the software on the flight computers and the issue has been resolved.

Without the EU’s expert agencies, we’ll be lost and unprotected

Although it may have passed most people by, a problem was recently discovered with the Airbus A330 aeroplane flight control computers. Sensor blockage could, under certain circumstances, lead to the... Read more

First, some good news! After 8 months of uncertainty for students, staff and parents, CAPA College will be staying in Wakefield and re-opening its doors to new students in September 2018. A botched attempt to move the college to Leeds left the future of this outstanding performing arts college hanging in the balance. I have been calling on Ministers in Parliament and working with the Schools Commissioner for Yorkshire, parents, teachers and governors to get CAPA College a new permanent home in Wakefield. I hope we will soon have some more good news to celebrate.

Wakefield Express Column October 2017

First, some good news! After 8 months of uncertainty for students, staff and parents, CAPA College will be staying in Wakefield and re-opening its doors to new students in September... Read more

Parents and students returning to school this month should be settling into a new term and a new academic year. But with the news that Wakefield City Academies Trust is pulling out of running its 21 schools across Yorkshire, many students and teachers face huge uncertainty. This has come as a bolt from the blue.

Wakefield Express Column September 2017

Parents and students returning to school this month should be settling into a new term and a new academic year. But with the news that Wakefield City Academies Trust is... Read more

Mary's speech in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill:

I will be joining my colleagues in the Lobby tonight to vote against this Bill, because of the unprecedented Henry VIII powers that will transfer power away from Parliament and give it to Ministers. In some ways, these powers will turn the Prime Minister into a female version of Louis XIV, the sun king, who, as he lay on his deathbed in the palace of Versailles, said, “L’état, c’est moi.” That is what she is doing with the Bill, but as representatives of the British people, sent here with a democratic mandate, we say, “L’état, c’est nous.” We are the legislative force in this country; no sun king or sun queen will be created on our watch, and we will not give up our parliamentary democracy without a fight.

Speech in EU Withdrawal Bill debate

Mary's speech in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill: I will be joining my colleagues in the Lobby tonight to vote against this Bill, because of the unprecedented Henry... Read more

This summer has seen a double whammy for rail passengers in Wakefield.

First, the Government announced they are scrapping plans for the electrification of the railway line from Leeds to Manchester which they promised back in 2012. After a “pause” in 2015, ministers promised plans were still on track. On the day that Parliament broke for the summer holiday, the Transport secretary announced the route, along with routes in Wales, the Lake District and Nottingham to Sheffield, will not be electrified. Yorkshire and the north continues to suffer from underinvestment in our transport infrastructure. All the government has delivered is delays, excuses and now, this final blow to the North’s economy.

Express Column August 2017

This summer has seen a double whammy for rail passengers in Wakefield. First, the Government announced they are scrapping plans for the electrification of the railway line from Leeds to... Read more

Today I want to talk about CAPA College, an outstanding school in Wakefield but one that sadly will not be able to take lower-sixth students in September and whose future hangs in the balance after Ministers attempted to move the college to Leeds. What a sorry, sad tale this is.

Speech on CAPA College

Today I want to talk about CAPA College, an outstanding school in Wakefield but one that sadly will not be able to take lower-sixth students in September and whose future... Read more

I want to start by wishing all my Muslim friends and constituents Eid Mubarak! Two weeks ago I attended a community Iftaar (breakfast) in Thornes Park, co-hosted by West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield charity Penny Appeal.  It was held as part of the Great Get Together, in memory of my murdered colleague Jo Cox.  The Hepworth Gallery also hosted an afternoon street food market. It was great to see people from across Wakefield coming together to remember Jo, and to show that we have far more in common than that which divides us.

Wakefield Express Column June

I want to start by wishing all my Muslim friends and constituents Eid Mubarak! Two weeks ago I attended a community Iftaar (breakfast) in Thornes Park, co-hosted by West Yorkshire... Read more

Mary's speech during a special meeting of MPs and Ministers following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower:

 

Thank you Mr Hurd, I want to echo the thoughts of everyone in the room, our thoughts are with the families of those who survived this unspeakable event. 

Speech on Grenfell Tower

Mary's speech during a special meeting of MPs and Ministers following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower:   Thank you Mr Hurd, I want to echo the thoughts of everyone... Read more

The horrific events of 22 March have cast a dark shadow over Parliament. The assault on Westminster targeted democracy itself and cost 5 innocent people their lives. I would like to thank everyone who sent messages of solidarity and support afterwards. Those of us caught up in the horror of that day glimpsed the worst of humanity.  But we also saw the very best of people- the professionalism of ambulance workers, doctors and nurses rushing to help the injured, passers-by offering comfort and the heroism of the police whose response saved countless lives and kept us safe.

Wakefield Express Column April 2017

The horrific events of 22 March have cast a dark shadow over Parliament. The assault on Westminster targeted democracy itself and cost 5 innocent people their lives. I would like... Read more

Published in the Daily Mail, 4 March 2017 

We can turn back tide of plastic that chokes seas

Published in the Daily Mail, 4 March 2017  Read more

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