Mary Creagh

Working hard for Wakefield

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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

Friday 24 November

17.30-18.30

Wakefield Sports Club, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR

Public meeting on Wakefield City Academies Trust – with Wakefield MP Mary Creagh and the National Union of Teachers (NUT)

Friday 24 November 17.30-18.30 Wakefield Sports Club, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR 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

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

On Friday I called on Ministers to save CAPA College. This is their response:

Government response on CAPA College

On Friday I called on Ministers to save CAPA College. This is their response: Read more

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