Jenny Chapman MP

JENNY CHAPMAN

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I have been working hard over the last few months standing up for our town and local services in Parliament. 

As you may know our local health services at Darlington Memorial Hospital are under threat from possible downgrades as part of the local NHS Trust's Sustainability and Transformation Plan. 

I have raised the issue on a number of occasions in Parliament. I have called out the hugely expensive Better Health programme which includes PR and community engagements and has cost a whopping £4.6 million pounds and counting. Yet it has failed to communicate with the people who rely on services effectively, to the point that people from Darlington, Northallerton, Barnard Castle and so on aren't aware of the plans. 

Further to this I have been continually putting pressure on the Government over cuts to NHS funding and the crisis within the social care system. I have spoken numerous times about the need to protect services at Darlington Memorial Hospital

I will continue to raise the issue of services cuts to our hospital and support our local health campaign - SOS Darlington. 

Working hard for Darlington

I have been working hard over the last few months standing up for our town and local services in Parliament.  As you may know our local health services at Darlington...

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Jenny asked the Secretary of State for Education a series of written questions on April 27. Here is a summary, with the answers from Sam Gyimah, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary.

Quizzing the Minister

Jenny asked the Secretary of State for Education a series of written questions on April 27. Here is a summary, with the answers from Sam Gyimah, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary. Read more

Labour MPs from the region spoke at a Westminster meeting, called by Jenny, on the cuts facing North East councils.

Jenny discussed the challenges facing the North East, in the context of severe cuts to local authority funding from central Government. Unfortunately, despite being well attended by Labour MPs from the region, no Conservative MPs from the region turned up.

Jenny said she was particularly disappointed by the absence of Stockton South MP James Wharton, whom David Cameron had put in charge of the much-touted "Northern Powerhouse" project.

During the debate, she strongly criticised the recently announced funding to soften the impact of cuts, described as 'transitional support', of which 83% has gone to Conservative-led authorities. At the same time, Darlington has received a £44 million reduction in funding between 2010 and 2020 - a 50% cut.

She described how the Government was finding money to give to Greater London boroughs and richer shires like Bucks, Oxfordshire and Surrey.

"But there is nothing for Darlington. Or for Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside," she said.

Communities Minister Marcus Jones said the Government had "done its utmost" to ensure that the settlement was right and fair for all.

Jenny and her colleagues called for a National Audit Office probe into the way the £300m transitional support package had been shared out.

You can see the debate here:

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/b2b6cbee-d351-4f73-b756-50b69f25dcc4

Jenny leads debate on North East council funding

Labour MPs from the region spoke at a Westminster meeting, called by Jenny, on the cuts facing North East councils. Jenny discussed the challenges facing the North East, in the...

In an article for New Statesman magazine, Jenny criticised the Government for claiming that we are living in a 'golden age of childcare' and noted the problems with their approach, including;

- Tax-free childcare promised by Autumn 2015 is now delayed well into 2017

- Childcare places have fallen by 40,000 since 2010 with 10,000 childminders leaving the profession

- Childcare costs have increased, with the Family and Childcare Trust's Annual Childcare Survey noting that (for example) the price of a part-time nursery place for a child under two and an after-school club for a five-year-old is now £7,933 a year

- A third of working parents of children aged three and four, who were promised to receive 30 hours of fre childcare, will now not get it

- Independent analysis for the Pre-School Learning Alliance has revealed there is a £480 million shortfall in funding for the Government's childcare plan

"Childcare is a major barrier to our economic success yet all we get is talk from ministers that everything is golden when time and time again experts warn of serious problems," Jenny said.

"Taken together, these difficulties will be devastating for families up and down the country already feeling the squeeze in their household budgets." 

You can read the full article at:

[ http://www.newstatesman.com/politicis/welfare/2016/02/government-needs-get-grip-childcarev ]

Broken promises on childcare

In an article for New Statesman magazine, Jenny criticised the Government for claiming that we are living in a 'golden age of childcare' and noted the problems with their approach, including;...

Jenny gave an impassioned speech in the Commons last night after Government announces extra £300m for mostly wealthy Conservative-run areas.

Greg Clark, Communities Secretary, insisted the new funding settlement was not about placating Conservative rebels. However several MPs  

Jenny spoke out on the matter, in speech which strongly criticised the Government's approach and labelled their funding strategy as divisive and disgraceful.

She said: "It's extraordinary what this Government has managed to do in pitting town against village, north against the south, the metropolitan areas against the shires - it is disgraceful. I don't resent members opposite being good champions for their areas, winning some extra funding for their councils.

"That's one of the things we're here to do. But I hope they enjoy that extra money they get. I hope they win their shire council seats that it was clearly designed to provide victory for, I hope they enjoy that."

She told MPs that, because of the Government's cuts, both libraries and the central market in her constituency were threatened, 200 jobs were to go and services which were vital to many would be lost.

"My town and the people in my town are angry. I have never seen them this angry before. They are angry about what is going to happen but also about the unfairness."

In response to these criticisms, Greg Clark warned that councils would have to get used to a new world of scarcer cash from central government. 

You can see her speech on Parliament TV here:    

[ http://goo.gl/9U1D18 ]

Anger over 'Disgraceful' Transitional Funding

Jenny gave an impassioned speech in the Commons last night after Government announces extra £300m for mostly wealthy Conservative-run areas. Greg Clark, Communities Secretary, insisted the new funding settlement was...

With refugee families from Syria due to arrive in Darlington, Jenny asked Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, why it is taking so long for them to get here.

Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox had asked the Minister to make a statement on besieged communities in Syria and Jenny took the opportunity to ask Ms Greening this:

“The local authority and charities in my constituency are willing, ready and able to take refugees, but they are being told by the Home Office that none will arrive in our region until April. Why that delay, and can she do anything about it?

"The minister replied: "We are, of course, relocating people from the region, saving them from having to put their lives into the hands of the people smugglers. The hon. Lady raises the issue of her particular local authority. I am not familiar with the details, but I am happy to make sure that the offer made is followed up and responded to.”

Syrian Refugees

With refugee families from Syria due to arrive in Darlington, Jenny asked Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, why it is taking so long for them to...

Jenny asked Justice Minister Michael Gove about deaths in custody during his Commons statement on abuse at the Medway Secure Training Centre, exposed by the BBC's Panorama.

She said: "In the light of what we have found out from the BBC, will the Secretary of State look again at the Harris report into deaths in custody, because the original response from the Government was lamentable? Will he look again at the 30 or more recommendations that were rejected, as some of them could be implemented tomorrow and would save an awful lot of the problems that he is now having to confront?

Mr Gove replied: "I am grateful to Lord Harris for his report, and we accepted more than half of his recommendations. I know that he will appear before the Justice Committee tomorrow, and there will be an opportunity for him to reflect on where we might have gone further. I will look with care and attention at the evidence he gives."

Deaths in custody

Jenny asked Justice Minister Michael Gove about deaths in custody during his Commons statement on abuse at the Medway Secure Training Centre, exposed by the BBC's Panorama. She said: "In...

The Government lacks strategy on childcare and families, writes Jenny in The New Statesman.

Writing in her new role as Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Jenny says it is difficult to contain the incredulity listening to David Cameron attempt to convince a sceptical Conservative Party and public that he knows best when it comes to parenting.

"It’s never been tougher for parents to provide the kind of start in life for their children that they had hoped would be possible," she writes.  "Policies from across government departments are to blame from the removal of Child Benefit, cuts to Tax Credits, spiralling costs of childcare and the decimation of Sure Start to a shortage of midwives, cuts to charities working with the most disadvantaged families, persistent low pay, a lack of affordable housing and spiralling household debt.  There has never been a government less motivated by the challenges faced by British families than this one."

You can read the whole article here:

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2016/01/david-cameron-has-speech-he-doesnt-have-strategy

Cameron is all talk on parenting

The Government lacks strategy on childcare and families, writes Jenny in The New Statesman. Writing in her new role as Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Jenny says it...

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has given Jenny a new role in his Shadow Cabinet.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has today promoted Jenny as he completes his new Cabinet. The Darlington MP, who has been Shadow Prisons Minister since 2011, is now a Shadow Education Minister, with special responsibility for childcare and early years learning, a post which she said she was absolutely delighted to take on.

Childcare role for Jenny

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has given Jenny a new role in his Shadow Cabinet. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has today promoted Jenny as he completes his new Cabinet. The Darlington...

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