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Statement on the situation in Kashmir

Statement on the situation in Kashmir

I am deeply concerned that the current situation could lead to an escalation of violence and instability in the region. Repeated ceasefire violations have left Kashmiris injured and forced to flee their homes for safety. I have asked the Foreign Secretary what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in India and Pakistan on… Continue Reading

Judith backs Fairtrade campaign for cocoa farmers

Judith backs Fairtrade campaign for cocoa farmers

Judith met farmers from the Ivory Coast, Rwanda and the Dominican Republic in Parliament this week as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. Judith said: “I am delighted to support Fairtrade Fortnight and the She Deserves a Living Income campaign which celebrates the hard work of women cocoa farmers and calls on all of us to do… Continue Reading

Anger at plans to close tunnel by stealth

Anger at plans to close tunnel by stealth

Judith has made an urgent plea to the Minister for Transport to intervene and stop an attempt to kill-off the Queensbury Tunnel project by stealth. Planned works by the tunnel’s owner Highways England to partially infill the tunnel would result in most of the tunnel below Queensbury collapsing and wreck efforts to create a unique… Continue Reading

Welcome progress of law to protect police dogs

Welcome progress of law to protect police dogs

Judith has welcomed the progress of ‘Finn’s Law’ through the House of Commons today (08/02/19). The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill will provide greater protection to service animals such as police dogs. In October 2016 a police dog called Finn was stabbed in the head and chest while apprehending a suspect. His handler, PC David… Continue Reading

Judith slams government for cuts to police funding

Judith slams government for cuts to police funding

Bradford South Labour MP, Judith Cummins, has slammed the government for cuts to police funding in a parliamentary debate on the 2019/20 Police Grant. “The thin blue line is getting thinner,” she told Parliament, and, “On top of cuts to police funding, our police face extra demands on their resources because of cuts to other… Continue Reading

Judith backs city centre NPR station

Judith backs city centre NPR station

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has called on Rail Minister Andrew Jones to back an NPR stop in Bradford city centre, or else risk “repeating the mistakes of the past”. Judith was speaking during a Westminster Hall debate that was discussing last year’s key Transport Select Committee report. The exact location for a Northern Powerhouse… Continue Reading

Overhaul apprenticeships to boost Bradford’s prosperity, MP says

Overhaul apprenticeships to boost Bradford’s prosperity, MP says

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins called for a “radical overhaul” of the country’s skills policy to rebalance the economy and boost prosperity in Bradford. Judith secured a debate on apprenticeships and skills policy in Westminster Hall and laid out the challenges facing places like Bradford and how government action was needed to support disadvantaged young… Continue Reading

Judith speaks at Rugby League dinner

Judith speaks at Rugby League dinner

Judith last night (November 20)  spoke at the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group’s annual charity dinner. The dinner, in the House of Lords, brought together Members of both Houses of Parliament, honorary and associate members, Group supporters and sponsor, the RFL. Speaking at the dinner, All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chair and Member of Parliament… Continue Reading

Judith helps to plant Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy saplings in Wibsey

Judith helps to plant Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy saplings in Wibsey

Six new trees were planted in Wibsey Park and its Community Garden as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project. Bradford South MP Judith Cummins presented the saplings on Friday and helped to plant them, along with volunteers and members of the garden and the recently revived Friends of Wibsey Park Group. Members of… Continue Reading

Fund police properly to eliminate road deaths, Judith says

Fund police properly to eliminate road deaths, Judith says

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has urged the Government eliminate fatalities and serious injuries involving road traffic entirely in the UK – and fund the police properly in order to reach this goal. Speaking today (November 5) during a debate on road safety in parliament, Judith highlighted the vital importance of the issue and the… Continue Reading

Budget failed ‘forgotten and ignored’ workers in Bradford

Budget failed ‘forgotten and ignored’ workers in Bradford

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins shone a light on the “forgotten and ignored” people in Bradford who have to work multiple low-paid jobs to survive in her response to the Chancellor’s Budget yesterday. Citing soon-to-be published research by Dr Andrew Smith of the University of Bradford and Dr Jo McBride of Durham University, Judith told… Continue Reading

Judith demands meeting with PM over police cuts

Judith demands meeting with PM over police cuts

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has today (October 26) written to her demanding a meeting following her challenge to Theresa May on police cuts. At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Judith raised the issue of cuts to police numbers, surging crime in her constituency – as well as a police pension shortfall which could see… Continue Reading

Judith challenges PM on police cuts scandal

Judith challenges PM on police cuts scandal

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins challenged the Prime Minister over policing cuts which have led to a surge in crime on her patch. Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, Judith asked whether cash-strapped police forces should be fighting for funding when serious crime is on the rise. Judith told Theresa May: “West Yorkshire Police has 900… Continue Reading

Judith Cummins: The deadly delay in the Government’s action against killer drivers that was promised a year ago

Judith Cummins: The deadly delay in the Government’s action against killer drivers that was promised a year ago

IN October last year, the Government announced it would introduce longer sentences for drivers convicted of killing someone through dangerous or careless driving. They also announced the creation of a new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving. This was a victory for those of us – including MPs, charities and families who have… Continue Reading

Bradford’s manufacturing might key for city’s future, MP says

Bradford’s manufacturing might key for city’s future, MP says

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has praised Bradford’s brilliant manufacturing sector – and said its future is key to the Northern Powerhouse, as Bradford Manufacturing Week got underway today. Judith this morning (October 8) attended the launch event in Shipley at CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (pictured left: Judith with Mick Tetley, from the company), where she heard… Continue Reading

Judith backs flu jab drive at Queensbury pharmacy

Judith backs flu jab drive at Queensbury pharmacy

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins visited Tesco Pharmacy Queensbury to learn more about the national pharmacy NHS flu vaccination service. The service aims to make it easier than ever to get an NHS flu jab and to increase the number of at risk people across England being protected from ill health over the winter months.… Continue Reading

Judith learns to sign at YBS

Judith learns to sign at YBS

Judith learnt a new skill at Yorkshire Building Society’s (YBS) head office as part of National Inclusion Week. The session at Yorkshire House saw members of Bradford Deaf Community Association give Judith and YBS staff a taster course of British Sign Language. Judith said: “It’s good to see local businesses like Yorkshire Building Society focusing… Continue Reading

Judith opens Buttershaw fun day

Judith opens Buttershaw fun day

Judith officially opened Buttershaw by the Beach, Sandale Hub’s annual summer fun day.   Judith cut the ribbon with Andy Walsh, CEO of the Sandale Trust, before chatting with organisers, voluntary organisations, and locals.   The day featured pony rides, a paddling pool and sandcastle building, face painting and more.   Judith said: “I had… Continue Reading

Judith wins national road safety award

Judith wins national road safety award

Bradford South MP has been named Parliamentarian of the Year by a road safety charity for her campaigning on dangerous driving. According to the charity Brake, Judith has been “instrumental in the campaign for justice for road crash victims and has been tireless in her pursuit of safer roads in her Bradford constituency.” Brake, in partnership… Continue Reading

STOP THE ROT: Judith welcomes £300k funding boost for dentistry

STOP THE ROT: Judith welcomes £300k funding boost for dentistry

Judith Cummins has welcomed news that more than 3,500 new patients will be able to access NHS dental services in Bradford after NHS England offered extra funding. The additional investment amounts to approximately £332,500 for the city. Dental practices are currently replying to letters from NHS England asking them if they would like to take… Continue Reading

Judith backs tougher laws for those who attack emergency service staff

Judith backs tougher laws for those who attack emergency service staff

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins gave her wholehearted support to the Assaults on Emergency Workers bill in Parliament on Friday (27) – as she detailed a shocking incident in which a fire car she was travelling in came under attack. Ms Cummins told MPs that emergency service workers “deserve our utmost respect and the full… Continue Reading

MP seeks greater carer recognition

MP seeks greater carer recognition

MP Judith Cummins has pledged to push the Government to give more recognition to unpaid carers. The Bradford South MP visited the Carers’ Resource Bradford office on Tuesday (10) after backing the charity’s plea for the Government to reverse its decision not to update the 2008 national Carers Strategy. The Government said late last year… Continue Reading

Homes in Buttershaw better protected from flooding

Homes in Buttershaw better protected from flooding

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins visited Yorkshire Water’s scheme to reduce flooding in part of her constituency last week (23). In the past, Partridge Drive in Buttershaw has suffered from flooding whenever it rains heavily due to the surface water pipes not being able to cope with large deluges of water. This results in rain… Continue Reading

New partnership to improve maternity services

New partnership to improve maternity services

A new partnerships bringing together health professionals and women who use maternity services in Bradford was launched on Thursday (22). More than 80 attendees, including people from a wide range of voluntary sector groups, the three local clinical commissioning groups (NHS Bradford City, NHS Bradford Districts and NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCGs), NHS trusts,… Continue Reading

STOP THE ROT: Judith backs vital oral health campaign

STOP THE ROT: Judith backs vital oral health campaign

Judith has backed a campaign by Bradford’s local newspaper which is highlighting poor standards of oral health in Bradford and the need for more NHS dentists. The Telegraph and Argus has this month launched its Stop the Rot campaign. The newspaper has run many stories on the issue over the years, and Judith has been… Continue Reading

MP calls for changes to ‘deeply unfair’ transport spending

MP calls for changes to ‘deeply unfair’ transport spending

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has called on the government to change the “deeply unfair” way it invests in transport. Mrs Cummins said Bradford was being held back by a “persistent lack of investment” and a “narrow and ultimately unsatisfactory value for money assessment” that favours areas which have historically high levels of spending, such… Continue Reading

Judith praises progress at Great Horton school

Judith praises progress at Great Horton school

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has praised the improvements made at a Great Horton School during a visit. Judith went to St Oswald’s Church of England Primary Academy on Friday (2nd) following an Ofsted report which praised the school’s “ambitious vision”. The school is emerging from a challenging period after a critical Ofsted report in… Continue Reading

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