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It was a pleasure to welcome the #LabourInForBritain bus to Norwich yesterday and speak to shoppers and stallholders at Norwich market about the issues surrounding the EU referendum. I was joined by Hilary Benn MP, Emma Reynolds MP, Charles Clarke, Richard Howitt MEP and a large group of Norwich Labour Party volunteers.

In this video recorded on the day, I explain that I'm campaigning for a 'remain' vote because if the EU wasn't already invented, we'd have to invent it now.

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'Labour in for Britain' bus visits Norwich

It was a pleasure to welcome the #LabourInForBritain bus to Norwich yesterday and speak to shoppers and stallholders at Norwich market about the issues surrounding the EU referendum. I was joined by...

What an interesting morning! I was invited to West Earlham Junior School’s Careers Day, where pupils were enjoying the participation of UEA students, a vet and a solicitor - among other guests. I met year six, talked to them about my career as an MP and answered their many questions.

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Before leaving I was able to talk with several members of staff, who were very concerned about the lack of provision for young pupils with mental health problems, which I know is an issue across Norwich and Norfolk. Safeguarding procedures are in place but there are long waiting lists, and support can often be too slow and insufficient. Recent cuts and changes by the Tory Government have certainly had a detrimental effect on pupils.

I also spent time with the Infant School, visiting their superb outdoor facilities. Headteacher Mrs Neate–Evans echoed many of the educational views of the Junior School Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Edwards. Both were passionate about their schools’ work in helping their pupils to make progress with reading and fluency of speech. With both schools doing a great job at this, pupils will have a firm foundation for further study.

West Earlham Primary School visit

What an interesting morning! I was invited to West Earlham Junior School’s Careers Day, where pupils were enjoying the participation of UEA students, a vet and a solicitor - among...

Earlier on today, I spoke in parliament about this government’s unfair changes to capital gains tax and corporation tax. Watch the video of my contribution online here.

Treasury figures show that just 200,000 people will benefit from the government’s capital gains tax cut and that, in total, these wealthy individuals would be handed more than £600mn within the first year of this cut. Corporation tax in the UK is already the lowest in the G7: lower than Saudi Arabia, Russia and China.

 

So very lucrative for the already wealthy, but what about the rest of us? Not so good. The Resolution Foundation has calculated that the poorest 20% of families in this country will each lose an average o£565 over the course of this parliament as a result of this government’s policies.

This Tory government’s ideological approach to taxation is one that looks after a wealthy minority, while the rest of us, especially some of the poorest, lose out. Not only does this make a mockery of the Tory claim that ‘we are all in it together’.

I’m proud that The Labour Party stands for an economy that works for us all - opposing a government that prioritises enormous tax cuts which benefit just a few and drains funding from vital public services and the investment our economy so badly needs for future productive capacity.

I speak in parliament about this government’s unfair changes to capital gains tax and corporation tax

Earlier on today, I spoke in parliament about this government’s unfair changes to capital gains tax and corporation tax. Watch the video of my contribution online here. Treasury figures show...

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