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We must see an end to hospital parking charges

We must see an end to hospital parking charges

Labour MP for Portsmouth South has responded to news that hospital trusts in Hampshire have raked in more than £5.6m this year by charging for parking.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“After listening to patients, their families and patient advocacy groups, I know how frustrated people can be about hospital parking charges on our area.

These charges are an unnecessary burden on our families. Our hospitals are struggling from underfunding at the hands of Theresa May’s Conservative government, but the gap should not be filled by charging sick patients, anxious relatives and already hard-pressed NHS staff for an essential service.

That’s why I back Labour’s pledge to end hospital parking charges”.

City MP pays tribute to Portsmouth’s veterans

City MP pays tribute to Portsmouth’s veterans

Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, hosted a Christmas reception on Friday at his new constituency office to pay tribute to all those who have served the nation in the armed forces.

The event, which also saw representatives from local groups who support ex-service personnel in attendance, saw veterans from across the city join the reception for festive refreshments and entertainment from Craneswater Junior School choir.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“I’m hugely proud of our city’s rich military heritage, with Portsmouth the home of the Royal Navy. 

We’re also home to a wide range of excellent charitable and community organisations supporting ex-service personnel and their families. 

The least I could do this Christmas was to throw open the doors to the new constituency office and thank our great city’s veterans.

It was so good to see so many people who have served our nation over the decades come together and get into the festive spirit”.

Portsmouth South MP’s Christmas praise to our Posties

Portsmouth South MP’s Christmas praise to our Posties

Stephen Morgan thanks postal workers on tour of delivery office.

Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South, got an early start today as he visited postal workers at the Royal Mail Delivery Office at Voyager Park. The Labour MP toured the facility with Southsea postie Liam Turish and spoke with postal workers as they approach the climax of the Christmas rush.

Today alone the delivery office will deal with over 20,000 parcels for residents in Portsmouth.

Stephen said:

 

“Portsmouth’s postal workers work day in, day out, through some treacherous weather conditions to provide an invaluable service for our local community.

 

It was fantastic to be up bright and early this morning to go and see first-hand the hard work being done by staff at the delivery office and across Portsmouth.

 

The festive period is inevitably an incredibly busy time of year for our posties and on behalf of everyone in our great city I want to give them our sincere thanks for all they do for Portsmouth and wish them a very happy Christmas”.

City MP thanks local charities

City MP thanks local charities

Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, has used Local Charities Day to thank all those who work or volunteer for the city’s charitable sector.

Local Charities Day, held on Friday 15 December aims to highlight the work of small charities that are making remarkable differences in their communities.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation has published a report highlighting the challenges faced by small charities and has called for the government to also tackle the issues holding the sector back.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“Research tells us that two thirds of people are unable to name a local charity, yet often it is these small, grassroots organisations that make the biggest difference to people’s lives.

That’s why days like today are so important, because they allow us to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes in our communities and celebrate the commitment of those people who devote their time to improving the lives of others.

I thank all those working on the frontline in our city for their efforts in tackling disadvantage and delivering positive change in Portsmouth”.

Anything that celebrates and highlights the important contribution made by small and local charities is welcomed by Stephen, a former charity chief executive, but government must do more to support these vital organisations.

Stephen regularly visits local charities in his constituency and this Friday was delighted to join Churches Homeless Action as part of their Christmas campaign fundraising event at St Mary’s in Fratton.

At the event local charities were present as well as Portsmouth Churches Housing Association, Portsmouth Domestic Abuse Service, the LifeHouse and the EC Roberts Centre who have benefited from the fundraising.

The Labour MP for Portsmouth South, added:

Homelessness has more than doubled in our great city in recent years and it has often been left to our brilliant local charities to step up and fill the void. Smaller organisations remain vital in providing invaluable support.

It was fantastic to attend the event with local charities by Churches Homeless Action today. They are a prime example of the powerful impact our community can have in tackling the greatest issues of social justice we face today.

They do, however, need our support too and I will be keeping the pressure up on Government to do far more to help local charities on the frontline in our city and across the UK”.

 

 

Drive for equality impact assessments supported

Drive for equality impact assessments supported

Labour have secured an important three hour debate on Equality Impact Assessments for the Committee of the Whole House of the Finance Bill next Tuesday.

The party have tabled a ‘New Clause’ to require the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ‘carry out and publish a review of the effects of the provisions of the Bill on equality in relation to households with different levels of income, people with protected characteristics, the Treasury’s public sector equality duty and on a regional basis’.

Labour have also tabled a second New Clause to require the Office for Budgetary Responsibility to carry out a review of the effects of the provisions of the Bill on equality in relation to households with different levels of income, people with protected characteristics, the Treasury’s public sector equality duty and on a regional basis.

Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Equalities Secretary said:

“Despite Theresa May herself warning in 2010 that cuts would disproportionality impact on those with protected characteristics, her government continues to pursue an economic agenda based on discrimination and inequality which has hit women the hardest”.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“It’s hugely important that budgets are audited to understand their impact on communities, so that equality is at the heart of economic policy-making. Labour’s actions on this have my full support”.