Mary Creagh

Working hard for Wakefield

Wakefield Express column - November 2015

Last Sunday I attended Wakefield’s Remembrance Service at the cenotaph. As always it was a moving occasion, where the whole community paid their respects to the brave men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

At this year’s service I remembered a young Polish pilot, Jozef Bondnar, who was shot down and killed in Northern France in June 1941. One of hundreds of brave Polish pilots who gave their lives in the British RAF, Jozef's Spitfire had been bought by donations from the people of Horbury and Osset in 1940. I learned about Jozef at last year's Horbury Show. His tragic story shows the contribution to Britain’s war effort from people across Europe and the world.

On Saturday I was out in College Grove with Councillors Stu Heptinstall, Ros Lund and Kevin Swift encouraging people to register to vote. The Tories have rushed through changes to the electoral registration system, and over 15,000 in Wakefield are at risk of slipping off the electoral register.

The number of people registered in December will be the basis for changes to parliamentary constituencies next year. There are local elections here in Wakefield next year. And soon we have a big choice to make about whether Britain stays in the EU. It is vital that everyone in Wakefield registers to vote. It’s quick and easy - you can register by going to

I was honoured to give the address at Wakefield College graduation ceremony on Saturday. It is always a proud day for our district when we see young men and women receive their degrees and start their journey into the future. Wakefield is the largest city in the UK without a university, and the college and council have ambitious plans to build a university centre in the city. The Local Enterprise Partnership will decide on November 20th. If you would like to sign my petition for a university for Wakefield please go to:

Last week I spoke in the House of Commons debate on junior doctors’ contracts, and the impact this would have on Pinderfields Hospital. Junior doctors being overworked is what led the Labour Government to change the junior doctors’ contract. Jeremy Hunt’s junior doctors’ contract proposals risk making the NHS unsafe, with doctors being too exhausted to deliver safe care.

Please contact my constituency office on 386124 or if you would like to find out more about any of these stories, or if you would like to receive my regular e-newsletter.


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