Our Ambulance service is in crisis, and this will only be exacerbated by the current weather conditions. In this clip, I speak to BBC News: East of England about why this crisis has occurred and how we can't simply blame management and staff. It also comes down to resources, and this Tory Government is leaving the NHS under-resourced, understaffed and underfunded.
It was great to pop by Into Opera, at OPENNorwich, earlier this month to wish them good luck ahead of the world premiere of #AKingsRansom! This fantastic project engages school children with this cherished art form and promotes the importance of creativity in education. Well done to everyone involved.
Today, in my first outing at the dispatch box for the Shadow Treasury team, I discussed the disparity between how much is invested in transport in London compared to other areas of the country.
The Institute for Public Policy Research's 'North Report' recently found that transport investment in London is two and a half times per capita than it is in the North.
I also raised how, in Norwich, Britvic is shedding hundreds of jobs - citing poor transport as a clear cause; I'll continue to stand up for Norwich, it's people and their jobs wherever and whenever I can in parliament.
Watch my full contribution HERE.
It was lovely to join The Old Library Wood Collective on Saturday morning to help with their tidy up of the Chalk Hill Road back alley! Another great example of a Norwich community working together to improve their local area and make sure its open spaces can be enjoyed by all.
Earlier this week, I spoke to ITV Anglia about the East of England Ambulance winter crisis.
I've already raised in parliament how an Ambulance Trust whistleblower revealed that at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year. Following this, I've been pressing the Trust for answers as to why this happened so we can avoid such tragedies in the future.
However, it's not as straightforward as simply blaming Ambulance Trust management staff. Under this current Tory Government, the NHS is underfunded, underresourced and under severe strain. This needs to be addressed in order to see real change here.
Solidarity to UCU - University and College Unionmembers who are striking to protect their pensions (https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss). It's heartening to see that there was a strong turnout on the UEA picket line this morning, with students joining in to show their support too.
If you're a UEA student, take a look at UEA Students' Union/UEA Postgraduate.su's event for information about when/where the pickets will be over the coming weeks: https://www.facebook.com/events/406192866498580/
An issue I've been looking at in my role as Shadow Treasury Minister is how banks must meet the social challenge of climate change.
The major banks have a long way to go before they meet this challenge. A decade on from the crash, our financial sector must keep a clear view of potential future crises, including the potentially heavy financial costs of climate change.
The next Labour Government will help ensure all our major institutions take account of the environment by factoring in the costs of climate change and environmental damage to official forecasts. Labour will provide long-term financing for renewable and high tech energy projects that will create the good, secure jobs of the future.
Last week, I spoke at a delegated legislation committee about the Soft Drinks Industry Levy - often referred to as the 'sugar tax'.
"Ultimately this tax may make a dent or two in reducing childhood obesity but we know on its own this tax will fail in that role.
The coming health consequences of obesity will be like a tsunami. This measure on its own is like putting a couple of extra life jackets on the Titanic. For it to have any meaning it must be part of a wider stategy. Yet we know the Government is planning to cut real terms spending on public health by 4% a year from now until 2020.
The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health reported last week that most local authorities are cutting spending dedicated to promoting physical activity in children. They also criticised the Government for its failure to establish an overarching child health strategy."
Watch my full contribution HERE.
ICYMI: earlier this week, I made an intervention in parliament about the leaked FCA report into RBS Global Restructuring Gorup's treatment of SME businesses. I handed this document over to the chair of the Treasury Select Committee and they've now set a deadline for its publication. I will be comparing this to the non-redacted copy I have.
I'm pleased to see that my intervention in the chamber this week regarding the leaked Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) report into #RBS Global Restructuring Group's (GRG) treatment of SME businesses has prompted the Treasury Select Committee to set a deadline for its publication. I will be comparing this to the non-redacted copy I have.