Mary Creagh

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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

The Jo Cox loneliness commission works to raise awareness of loneliness and to try to reduce the stigma around being lonely. A British Red Cross survey found one in five people said they always or often felt lonely. Being lonely is not just a feeling – it’s considered to be as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Mary has signed a pledge to support the Commission in its aim to tackle loneliness.

Mary supports the Jo Cox loneliness commission

The Jo Cox loneliness commission works to raise awareness of loneliness and to try to reduce the stigma around being lonely. A British Red Cross survey found one in five... 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 message to people in Wakefield

Mary's message to people in Wakefield after the election

Mary’s message to people in Wakefield 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

Mary was delighted to meet with representatives from the UK Youth Parliament in Wakefield, and to support their campaign for votes at 16. 

Mary meets with UK Youth Parliament representatives

Mary was delighted to meet with representatives from the UK Youth Parliament in Wakefield, and to support their campaign for votes at 16.  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

I will speak on behalf of the Environmental Audit Committee, which has published a report on flooding. We found a lack of long-term strategic planning for flood risk and that the Government had not been doing enough to ensure the resilience of nationally significant infrastructure. Crucially, there has been a stop-start approach to flood defence funding and a lack of support for local councils. Our report called on the Government to take a proactive approach to funding and to make companies that operate key digital, energy and transport infrastructure report on their preparedness levels for flooding and their resilience targets. We called for more support for councils to prepare plans to deal with the risk of flooding, and for the Government to publish a 25-year plan for flooding alongside the long-awaited and much delayed 25-year plan for the environment, for which, yes, we are indeed still waiting.

Speech in a debate on future flood prevention

I will speak on behalf of the Environmental Audit Committee, which has published a report on flooding. We found a lack of long-term strategic planning for flood risk and that... Read more

The Bus Services Bill finally had its second reading in the Commons last week. This Bill will give cities with elected Mayors London-style powers over public transport, which will mean more buses, on more routes. However, cities without directly elected Mayors will miss out, even though in cities like Wakefield, twice as many people travel by bus than by train. I called on the Government to give powers to regulate buses to all areas, not just those with directly elected Mayors. I also raised my concerns that the impact of this Bill will be limited unless it is properly funded, and called for the Government to be more environmentally ambitious. 

Bus Services Bill

The Bus Services Bill finally had its second reading in the Commons last week. This Bill will give cities with elected Mayors London-style powers over public transport, which will mean... Read more

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