Mary Creagh

Working hard for Wakefield

Articles and Speeches

Congratulations to the councillors across our district who were elected last week, and commiserations to Wakefield’s Mayor Kevin Barker who sadly lost his seat after working so hard in his Mayoral year.  As we celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote, with the first ever statue of a woman- Millicent Fawcett- by a woman- artist Gillian Wearing, it's more important than ever that women, who have born the brunt of the Tories’ austerity, get out and vote!

Wakefield Express Column May 2018

Congratulations to the councillors across our district who were elected last week, and commiserations to Wakefield’s Mayor Kevin Barker who sadly lost his seat after working so hard in his... Read more

At my monthly coffee mornings residents often raise the epidemic of potholes on our roads. Due to the recent Arctic weather and a long-term lack of investment, our roads are in a poor state of repair. Potholes are dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, causing injuries and damage. Wakefield Council does their best but their hands are tied. They only get £350,000 a year from central government to repair our district’s 900 mile road network, and they spend an additional £800,000.

Wakefield Express Column April 2018

At my monthly coffee mornings residents often raise the epidemic of potholes on our roads. Due to the recent Arctic weather and a long-term lack of investment, our roads are... Read more

Last month I was in Parliament to support Labour’s Geoffrey Robinson’s Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill. I was pleased to see it gain cross-party support. Geoffrey’s bill will introduce an ‘opt-out’ system for organ donation. This will replace the current ‘opt-in’ system, where people who want to be organ donors must inform the NHS.

Wakefield Express Column March 2018

Last month I was in Parliament to support Labour’s Geoffrey Robinson’s Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill. I was pleased to see it gain cross-party support. Geoffrey’s bill will introduce an... Read more

By failing to accept the Environmental Audit Committee’s recommendation for tackling coffee cup waste the Government is acting against the available evidence.

Michael Gove must not let the 'latte levy' go cold

By failing to accept the Environmental Audit Committee’s recommendation for tackling coffee cup waste the Government is acting against the available evidence. Read more

Last month I visited Flanshaw JIN School, which is taking part in a project called Primary Futures to raise the aspirations of school children. It’s difficult for young children to make the connection between what they do in the classroom and how it relates to the world of work. I spoke at the school assembly about what MPs do and got some great questions. A child’s early years are important, but that encouragement needs to continue until they leave school or college. The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) targets the wards where young people have the lowest rates of participation in higher education, and helps them get into university. Our local programme is called Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) and I met Wakefield College, one of the partners, last month. I was disappointed to learn that the future of NCOP is at risk.

Wakefield Express Column February 2018

Last month I visited Flanshaw JIN School, which is taking part in a project called Primary Futures to raise the aspirations of school children. It’s difficult for young children to... Read more

It’s a sad fact that under the Tories there’s an NHS winter crisis every year. It is predictable and preventable but staff shortages, 15,000 fewer beds and cuts to district nurses and social care mean frail and elderly people are suffering huge waits in A&E and ambulances. We have seen the closure of NHS walk-in centres as well as the cancellation of non-urgent operations until February leaving many people in pain and distress.

Wakefield Express Column January 2018

It’s a sad fact that under the Tories there’s an NHS winter crisis every year. It is predictable and preventable but staff shortages, 15,000 fewer beds and cuts to district... Read more

Last week the UK government finally reached an agreement with the EU to move onto the next phase of Brexit negotiations. 18 months after the referendum result, and after a week of serious embarrassment and frantic late night phone calls the prime  minister has u-turned on all her redlines on Brexit to agree continued regulatory alignment with the rules of the single market and customs union to protect the Good Friday agreement; a continued role for the European Court of Justice in the UK; and payments of tens of billions of pounds to the EU for a worse trading relationship than we have now.

Wakefield Express Column December 2017

Last week the UK government finally reached an agreement with the EU to move onto the next phase of Brexit negotiations. 18 months after the referendum result, and after a... Read more

I rise to speak to new clause 60, which was tabled in my name, and to support the amendments tabled by other right hon. and hon. colleagues.​ I voted against the Bill on Second Reading because it puts sweeping powers in the hands of Ministers, sidelines Parliament and waters down our legal rights and protections, particularly environmental rights and protections. When we were asked to vote in the EU referendum, nobody voted for dirtier beaches or dirtier air.

Speech in the EU Withdrawal Bill committee stage debate

I rise to speak to new clause 60, which was tabled in my name, and to support the amendments tabled by other right hon. and hon. colleagues.​ I voted against the... Read more

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

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