Mary Creagh MP

Working hard for Wakefield

Articles and Speeches

The NHS is a credit to our country, but it is under pressure like never before. 

The crisis in adult social care has put huge pressure on hospital services, with patients left on hospital trolleys, sometimes for more than 24 hours, routine surgery postponed, and staff at breaking point. The latest figures show that only 78% of patients are seen at Pinderfields A&E within four hours, well below the current national target of 95%. Yet the Government’s response to the NHS winter crisis has been to suggest downgrading the four-hour waiting time target at A&Es, set by the last Labour government. Whichever way Jeremy Hunt spins it, back-tracking on Labour’s A&E targets is an admission of failure.




My monthly column for the Wakefield Express

The NHS is a credit to our country, but it is under pressure like never before.  The crisis in adult social care has put huge pressure on hospital services, with... Read more

I have always sought to act in the best interests of people in Wakefield & defend Labour’s values. My speech to Parliament on why I voted against Article 50: 

My speech to Parliament on the Article 50 Bill

I have always sought to act in the best interests of people in Wakefield & defend Labour’s values. My speech to Parliament on why I voted against Article 50:  Read more

UK farmers face a triple jeopardy from Brexit, with the loss of common agricultural policy subsidies, potential new tariffs on currently tariff-free trade with the EU, and the loss of key environmental protections and food safety standards. During questions to the Secretary for Departing the EU, Mary asked the Government to do everything necessary to protect UK farmers and farming businesses - the same assurance they have given to the City of London. They refused to answer the question.

Mary Creagh urges Government to protecting UK farmers after Brexit

UK farmers face a triple jeopardy from Brexit, with the loss of common agricultural policy subsidies, potential new tariffs on currently tariff-free trade with the EU, and the loss of... Read more

This week, Mary spoke in Parliament on the Government’s new National Funding Formula for schools. She condemned the Government for missing the opportunity to redress the inequalities of education, which has left Wakefield historically underfunded for too long. Every school in Wakefield will lose funding under the Government's plans. Funding in Wakefield per pupil is projected to fall from £4,726 in 2015/16, to £4,211 in 2019/20, a cut of 11%.

Mary Creagh condemns Government's school funding plans

This week, Mary spoke in Parliament on the Government’s new National Funding Formula for schools. She condemned the Government for missing the opportunity to redress the inequalities of education, which... Read more

Mary spoke in a debate organised by Labour’s Siobhain McDonagh on the breast cancer drug Kadcyla, which has been turned down for use by the NHS on financial grounds. She argued that we need a health system in which the most effective cancer treatments are available to all patients, and not just those who can afford private healthcare. Read her contribution here: https://www.facebook.com/marycreaghwakefield/photos/pb.551183884918288.-2207520000.1485538171./1233016253401711/?type=3&theater

Kadcyla Debate in the Commons

Mary spoke in a debate organised by Labour’s Siobhain McDonagh on the breast cancer drug Kadcyla, which has been turned down for use by the NHS on financial grounds. She argued...

The Environmental Audit Committee have written to the Prime Minister ahead of her visit to the States, with grave concerns about President Trump’s views on climate change. In his first few days as President, Trump has replaced the climate change page on the White House website with a fossil-fuel-based energy policy, and attempted to gag the Environmental Protection Agency. The Prime Minister has said she won’t be afraid to challenge him. Ahead of her meeting with Trump last Friday, Mary urged Theresa May to start by telling the new President that climate change is not 'a hoax'.

Mary Creagh urges PM to challenge climate sceptic Trump

The Environmental Audit Committee have written to the Prime Minister ahead of her visit to the States, with grave concerns about President Trump’s views on climate change. In his first... Read more

I’d like to wish Wakefield Express readers a Happy New Year.  

Wakefield’s annual Charity Christmas lunch at the Cedar Court hotel was a highlight in my Christmas calendar. It brought together over 300 members of Wakefield’s business community, and raised more than £25,000. I am delighted that the funds will be split between the Theatre Royal Wakefield's Performance Academy and MY Burns Club based at Pinderfields Hospital, which helps children and young people recovering from burns.

Wakefield Express Column Jan 2017

I’d like to wish Wakefield Express readers a Happy New Year.   Wakefield’s annual Charity Christmas lunch at the Cedar Court hotel was a highlight in my Christmas calendar. It... Read more

As Russian and Iranian backed regime forces closed in on Aleppo last week, reports have emerged of summary executions, of fleeing civilians being bombed, and of men and boys being separated from their families in a chilling echo of the Srebrenica genocide. I spoke in Labour’s emergency debate on Syria in the House of Commons last Tuesday and challenged Boris Johnson on his plan for British aid workers trapped in East Aleppo, and for a humanitarian resolution. Read my speech here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2016-12-13a.639.0#g662.0   

 

 

Mary Creagh MP speaks in Parliament on humanitarian crisis in Aleppo

As Russian and Iranian backed regime forces closed in on Aleppo last week, reports have emerged of summary executions, of fleeing civilians being bombed, and of men and boys being... Read more

The situation in Aleppo is beyond desperate. All of Aleppo’s hospitals are out of action, meaning that medics are having to amputate children’s limbs without anaesthetic and treat the victims of chemical attacks with just water and oxygen. The Government say there is a safer way to deliver aid, yet knows that the Syrian regime bombed the latest UN humanitarian convoy which went to the city in September. The residents of Aleppo do not want to die and it is in our power to help them.
This week, I signed a letter along with 200 of my colleagues across Parliament calling on Theresa May to authorise air drops immediately, and spoke in the Chamber and to BBC 5 Live on this issue.

Aleppo air drops

The situation in Aleppo is beyond desperate. All of Aleppo’s hospitals are out of action, meaning that medics are having to amputate children’s limbs without anaesthetic and treat the victims... Read more

The trial is finished. Thomas Mair, whose cowardice in refusing to plead guilty and forced those who loved Jo to relive her harrowing final moments, will never leave prison. The trial’s judge concluded that Jo was killed in a politically motivated murder, because of who she was, and what she stood for.

My monthly column for the Wakefield Express

The trial is finished. Thomas Mair, whose cowardice in refusing to plead guilty and forced those who loved Jo to relive her harrowing final moments, will never leave prison. The... Read more

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