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Since George Osborne’s spending review the economy has grown by just 0.3% compared to the 3.0% predicted by the Government.

 

Friday January 27th will mark the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concentration and extermination camp which is the site of the largest mass murder in history. In the weeks running up to the day, the Holocaust Educational Trust has placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, giving MPs the chance to honour those who were persecuted and killed during their Holocaust and encouraging constituents to actively speak out against prejudice and bigotry today.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has produced a report based on Freedom of Information audit of Primary Care Trusts and a survey of physiotherapy managers in England. The ‘Stretched to the Limit’ report finds considerable variation in the amount of time patients have to wait for treatment and highlights concerns that more than half of physiotherapy managers are already experiencing a reduction in patient services in this financial year. Steve said:
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Labour Market Statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics show unemployment reach 2.68 million, up 118,000 on the quarter. The number of unemployed people has not been higher since 1994. The statistics also show bad news for young people with youth unemployment reaching a staggering 1.04 million, up 52,000 from the three months to August 2011. This is the highest youth unemployment has been since records began. Steve said:
Steve held another of his regular Report Back events in Bournville last Saturday. Over 50 residents attended to discuss their concerns with Steve. Mr McCabe gave a brief 15 minute review of his activity in Parliament since December. Constituents applauded the work of Labour’s team in the House of Lords in scrutinising the Welfare Reform Bill and the Health and Social Care Bill.
The visit by the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury to Birmingham is part of Steve’s “Labour’s Got Talent” series. Steve opened the meeting by rallying supporters, arguing that five by-election victories and 800 more councillors since May 2010 meant Labour was already getting back on its feet. Steve also paid tribute to Rachel, MP for Leeds West since 2010, for her ‘meteoric rise’ to her current job as Labour’s no. 2 on the economy.
While visiting, Steve met up with the pupils who asked him questions about the workings of Parliament and their relationship with it. Steve also talked about the different functions of an MP, explaining the difference between his parliamentary and constituency role. Steve said: “I think it’s really important that young people have a proper understanding of Parliament, what it does and how this affects them.
Steve is particularly concerned about the increase in unemployment and the prospect of a generation of young people being written off with no hope for the future. Steve has arranged another of his regular Report Back events so that residents can raise issues they are concerned about; question Steve about what he has been doing in Parliament and in the constituency and discuss his priorities for the next couple of months. He will also give some feedback on recent surveys about the NHS and reform of the EU.

‘I’d like to see a proper employment and training programme designed to offer hope and opportunity to the 1million young people who now face a future of unemployment, low wages and poor health. That would be a Christmas present worth having.’

The apprentices gave a short presentation explaining what they were doing in the factory and at college, and how they are learning more and more about the wider business.

 

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