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NHS needs Labour's £26bn rescue plan

Today's NHS statistics reveal the Conservatives have ushered in the worst A&E crisis on record.

A&Es are overwhelmed and there's an ever growing queue of people waiting for treatment.

The Tories spent a decade cutting over 15,000 beds.

The figures show why patients desperately need Labour's rescue plan.

We'll end the Tory NHS crisis with a £26 billion real terms funding boost to provide safe quality care, recruit the thousands of staff needed, rebuild crumbling facilities and provide modern state of the art equipment.

We'll also:

Guarantee a greater priority for mental healthIntroduce free prescriptions and car parkingProtect the NHS from Boris Johnson's sell out Brexit deal with Donald TrumpIncrease NHS capital budgets to rebuild hospitals and community facilitiesRestore a training bursary for nursesRecruit 24,000 extra nurses and expand GP training places to 5,000

Free childcare for all 2-4 year-olds

Labour will give 30 hours free childcare a week to all 2-4 year-olds.

It will benefit 2,565 children in Wentworth & Dearne and save families thousands of pounds a year.

We'll also open 1,000 new Sure Start centres - one in every community - to replace all those closed under the Tories.

Childcare costs have risen twice as fast as wages under the Tories.

Investment in the early years can transform the lives of children and their families. This will give all our children the best possible start in life.

Labour will also provide free school meals for all primary school children, and give every school the funding it needs.

This is the real change the next Labour government is going to bring to people's lives.

School mental health counsellors needed in our area

Having campaigned for better mental health support for young people, I welcome Labour's pledge to put a trained counsellor in every school.

My survey of local schools last year found nearly all had seen mental health worsen.

I then took local headteachers to see the schools minister Nick Gibb, which helped win £1.7m from the government for extra mental health support in schools.

The number of children experiencing mental health problems is increasing, and I know through constituency casework how hard parents find getting help. Our mental health services are stretched to breaking point and have long waiting lists.

We need to invest fully in frontline mental health support.

Labour has pledged an additional £845 million per year for a Healthy Young Minds plan that will:

Establish a network of open access mental health hubs to enable 300,000 more children to access mental health support directly.Recruit almost 3,500 qualified, on-site secondary school counsellors to ensure accessible p…

Government on a go-slow on flooding

Over the last few days I’ve been out visiting properties affected by flooding.

I’ve talked to residents in Wath and Kilnhurst and businesses in Parkgate.

I’m dealing with a number of problems people have raised with me and am in close contact with the senior director at Rotherham Council who is co-ordinating the response.

I have offered my support to the headteacher at Kilnhurst Primary School and checking the plans in place to make sure children can continue learning while the school is closed.

After visiting businesses in Parkgate on Sunday, I reported back to Rotherham Council and urged immediate help.

As floods recovery minister for the Labour government in 2007, when our area was so badly affected, I helped set up help for businesses through the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, since abolished by the Conservatives:

a £2m fund for small businesses, with up to £2,500 per businessa £3m fund for larger businesses, with up to £100,000 per business
The funds were availabl…

Campaigning starts for General Election 2019

Our campaign to win a Labour government in 2019 is under way!
We've already been campaigning in Rawmarsh, Wickersley and Wath with several more sessions planned soon.
Get in touch if you'd like to join us - you'd be very welcome.