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MP presses minister on dangerous driver sentencing

MP presses minister on dangerous driver sentencing

The Government has again been pressed to announce the results of a consultation on strengthening sentences for those convicted of dangerous driving. Bradford South MP Judith Cummins raised the issue in the House of Commons yesterday with the senior minister and Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom MP. She said: “Dangerous driving is a blight… Continue Reading

Bradford needs PM to honour her promises on rail investment

Bradford needs PM to honour her promises on rail investment

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins is demanding the Prime Minister put her money where her mouth is over investment in rail electrification and the Northern Powerhouse. Speculation in a national newspaper suggested Transport Secretary Chris Grayling plans to further delay electrification of the trans pennine route. There are also fears the Northern Powerhouse Rail project,… Continue Reading

Government criticised for refusing ‘blue light crisis’ debate

Government criticised for refusing ‘blue light crisis’ debate

The Government has been criticised for refusing to make time for MPs to debate the crisis facing our emergency services. Demands for the debate were made in Parliament yesterday by Bradford South MP Judith Cummins, who has been campaigning for those who keep us safe to be properly funded. She highlighted the fact that West… Continue Reading

Judith offers Bradford South a strong voice, says deputy leader

Judith offers Bradford South a strong voice, says deputy leader

Labour party deputy leader Tom Watson visited Bradford yesterday to support Judith Cummins in her bid for re-election as the MP for Bradford South. Mr Watson, who is also the party’s culture, media and sport spokesman, visited the Bradford Bulls and met with chairman Jaz Athwal and co-owner Andrew Chalmers ahead of the game against… Continue Reading

Former soldier backs Judith Cummins for Bradford South

Former soldier backs Judith Cummins for Bradford South

Labour’s Judith Cummins, who is seeking re-election as MP for Bradford South, was joined on the campaign trail today by former soldier Dan Jarvis. Mr Jarvis, who is Labour candidate in Barnsley Central, was in Bradford South talking to voters about the threat of a Tory landslide and what it will mean for local people.… Continue Reading

PM must commit to the Northern Powerhouse

PM must commit to the Northern Powerhouse

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has demanded the Prime Minister give her clear and unequivocal support to the Northern Powerhouse. The Labour MP is concerned by reports suggesting the Northern Powerhouse and high speed rail investment may be shelved by the Conservatives. This, she fears, will impact on Bradford getting a high speed rail station… Continue Reading

Ministers asked to back high speed rail for Bradford

Ministers asked to back high speed rail for Bradford

Bradford’s campaign to get a station on the new high speed rail link was raised in the House of Commons this morning by one of the city’s MPs. Bradford South MP Judith Cummins asked Transport ministers to back the Next Stop Bradford campaign – which is pressing for a Bradford city centre station on the… Continue Reading

People are paying for fuel poverty with their lives

People are paying for fuel poverty with their lives

People in Bradford are paying for fuel poverty with their lives, the House of Commons has been told this afternoon. Speaking a little while ago in a Commons debate on energy prices, Bradford South MP Judith Cummins called on the Government to act to put an end to the situation. You can watch Judith’s speech… Continue Reading

“Misinformed” minister denies debate on police cuts

“Misinformed” minister denies debate on police cuts

Government claims the police are coping with cuts to budgets and the number of frontline officers have been rubbished by Bradford MP Judith Cummins. Speaking in the House of Commons, the Bradford South MP said she was disappointed police funding was not mentioned in last week’s Budget and asked the Government to make time for… Continue Reading

The police should be fighting crime, not fighting for funding

The police should be fighting crime, not fighting for funding

Judith Cummins MP has hit out at the Government for failing to mention the police and the fight against crime in its Budget. The Bradford South MP spoke in the House of Commons debate that followed the Budget statement. Judith said: “The Budget is remarkable for what it fails to mention. I listened carefully to… Continue Reading

Police need proper funding to get firearms off our streets

Police need proper funding to get firearms off our streets

The police need more funding to get firearms off the streets of West Yorkshire, says Bradford South MP Judith Cummins. A rise in firearms offences in Bradford prompted the Labour MP to raise her concerns about police funding with Government ministers in the House of Commons. Judith raised her concerns on Monday, ahead of the… Continue Reading

Better bus services should not hinge on devolution deal, says MP

Better bus services should not hinge on devolution deal, says MP

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins today spoke in the House of Commons about bus services in Bradford. During the debate on the Bus Services Bill, Judith pressed the Government to reintroduce bus franchising, which ceased in the 1980s with deregulation of the sector. Judith also said offering franchising only where there is a devolution deal in place is… Continue Reading

MP urges FA to back Bradford’s good examples

MP urges FA to back Bradford’s good examples

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins spoke in a House of Commons debate yesterday about the Football Association and its role governing the sport. Judith raised concerns about governance across sport, particularly in relation to club ownership, and took the opportunity to raise the recent administration and liquidation of the company that owned the Bradford Bulls. She also… Continue Reading

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins officially opens “Kid’s Lab”, a new educational facility at BASF‘s Bradford site

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins officially opens “Kid’s Lab”, a new educational facility at BASF‘s Bradford site

On Friday 11th November, Judith had the privilege of officially opening “Kid’s Lab”, a ground breaking new educational facility located at BASF‘s Bradford site. Kids Lab will offer the city’s primary school children an exciting educational experience, through hands-on experiments, in a high-tech facility modelled on a real life science laboratory. Through Kid’s lab, BASF… Continue Reading

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins presses the Government to tackle chronic dentist’ shortage in Bradford

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins presses the Government to tackle chronic dentist’ shortage in Bradford

During a recent House of Commons’ debate, Judith pressed Government’ Health Ministers to stop dragging their feet and get on with tackling the shortage of dentists in Bradford. Sparked by vocal demand across the House of Commons, MPs debated the widespread health inequalities faced by communities across the UK including a number across Bradford. Judith seized the opportunity to intensify her attack on the Government to get on with tackling the desperate shortage of dentists faced… Continue Reading

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins challenges PM Theresa May to improve end of life dementia care

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins challenges PM Theresa May to improve end of life dementia care

During the PM’s weekly question time, Bradford South MP Judith Cummins challenged the Prime Minister Theresa May to commit her Government to improving end of life care for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Judith’s question to Theresa May came in the wake of newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics which revealed that dementia and Alzheimer’s… Continue Reading

Bradford MP Judith Cummins fears lack of housing for the city’s disabled and elderly

Bradford MP Judith Cummins fears lack of housing for the city’s disabled and elderly

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins recently visited disabled & elderly tenants at a local Bradford housing scheme to learn more about the dignity of being able to live independently. Located at Kestrel Close, Westwood Park, this local disabled & elderly housing scheme is owned and operated by Habinteg, one of the country’s leading housing associations, with over 40 years of experience in helping people to live independently. Habinteg’s Chief… Continue Reading

Judith enjoys seaside themed  community bash in Buttershaw

Judith enjoys seaside themed  community bash in Buttershaw

Judith had the pleasure of attending the “Buttershaw-by-the-Beach” community bash alongside scores of local residents. Bathed in warm Summer sunshine, Judith and local residents enjoyed activities themed to offer a taste of the British seaside. This community bash, thrown by Sandale Community Trust at their well-known Community Hub in Buttershaw, in partnership with Bradford Youth Service, Incommunities and TESCO, offered residents and their families the opportunity to enjoy a man-made beach and paddling pool whilst sampling candy… Continue Reading

Speaking up for creative learning

Speaking up for creative learning

Despite their rhetoric on choice and variety in education the government is becoming ever more prescriptive in its approach to schools and what they can teach. This is clearly demonstrated in their dogmatic approach on the introduction of the English Baccalaureate, or EBacc as it is known. Education and skills is a key concern for… Continue Reading

MP tours Sunbridge tunnels scheme

MP tours Sunbridge tunnels scheme

Judith Cummins MP today (24/06/2016) took a guided tour of the soon to open Sunbridgewells scheme in Bradford city centre together with Graham Hall, the man behind the development. Speaking after the tour Judith said: “It was wonderful to get a preview of the scheme before its first phase opens next month and fascinating to… Continue Reading

A tribute to Jo Cox MP: 1974 – 2016

A tribute to Jo Cox MP: 1974 – 2016

The senseless murder of Jo Cox has shocked the whole country and beyond. It has stolen a tremendous MP from Batley and Spen, but more importantly a family has lost a mother, wife, daughter and sister. Jo was a dear friend and colleague and I will miss her greatly. When I think of Jo’s children,… Continue Reading

Bradford Live hosts Judith Cummins MP on tour of Odeon

Bradford Live hosts Judith Cummins MP on tour of Odeon

Judith Cummins MP toured the Odeon building in Bradford city centre at the invitation of Bradford Live – the group dedicated to bringing the building back into use. Judith said: “The Odeon is a much loved and well-known landmark, with huge cultural and economic significance for Bradford.  Its current dereliction stands in stark contrast to… Continue Reading

Invictus homecoming

Invictus homecoming

Today (24/05/16) Judith attended a homecoming event in the House of Commons celebrating the achievements of those British men and women who had competed in the Invictus Games 2016. This year, the games took place in sunny Orlando Florida, from 8th to 12th May. The Invictus Games is an international sporting event, established by HRH… Continue Reading

Judith presses case for rail links in Queen’s Speech debate

Judith presses case for rail links in Queen’s Speech debate

MPs today debated the announcements made by the Queen during her annual speech to Parliament. During today’s debate, Judith seized the opportunity to continue to press Central Government for Bradford to be included on the high speed rail link known as High Speed 3. Judith says: “I had high hopes for the Queen’s Speech, following… Continue Reading

Tougher penalties for dangerous drivers expected

Tougher penalties for dangerous drivers expected

Tougher sentences for dangerous drivers are likely to be announced in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow (18/05/16). I would welcome tougher penalties for criminal drivers as sentences do not always reflect the seriousness of the crime and the impact on victims and families. Together with tougher penalties, however, Government also needs to provide resources to ensure… Continue Reading

Investment in manufacturing

Investment in manufacturing

Today I visited Princes state-of-the art soft drinks factory to see at first hand the company’s investment in Bradford. It’s great to see the commitment that Princes has to this site and its employees, and to the future of manufacturing in Bradford South The Princes plant at Weaverthorpe Road, in Bradford South, employs more than… Continue Reading

MP’s pressure yields progress on access to NHS dentists

MP’s pressure yields progress on access to NHS dentists

A plan to improve access to dentists in Bradford is being worked on by NHS England following the intervention of Judith Cummins MP and concerns raised by Healthwatch Bradford. Judith met recently with Healthwatch Bradford, the independent watchdog for health and social care, about the initial findings of their project on access to NHS dentists… Continue Reading

Judith presses the PM about the future of Bradford’s regional rail links

Judith presses the PM about the future of Bradford’s regional rail links

Judith today questioned the Prime Minister, David Cameron, about the future of Bradford’s regional rail links. During the Prime Minister’s weekly question time, Judith pressed the Prime Minister about the future of Bradford’s regional rail links, asking: “Given the strategic and economic importance of the M62 corridor to the Northern Power House, can the Prime… Continue Reading

Judith discusses the future of Bradford’s schools with Sir Nick Weller

Judith discusses the future of Bradford’s schools with Sir Nick Weller

Judith today (22/04/2016) met with Sir Nick Weller, recently knighted head of Bradford’s Dixons Academy Trust, to discuss the future of Bradford’s schools. Judith and Sir Nick discussed the recently announced Northern Schools Strategy, and how he believed this could be used to help tackle continuing poor standards in Bradford. Sir Nick has been asked… Continue Reading

Opening of BASF’s new Bio-Acrylamide plant

Opening of BASF’s new Bio-Acrylamide plant

The opening of BASF’s new Bio-Acrylamide plant at is site in Low Moor underlines the importance of manufacturing to the local economy and the communities of Bradford South. Judith says: “I particularly welcome BASF’s commitment to this site in a community where the company has a long history and strong relationships. Bradford has a great… Continue Reading

Judith slams Science Museum Group decision and vows to fight on

Judith slams Science Museum Group decision and vows to fight on

Responding to the decision of the Science Museum Group Board of Trustees to continue with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection from Bradford to London, Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins says: “I’m devastated by the decision to arrogantly push ahead with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection to the… Continue Reading

Determined to fight for the future of the National Media Museum

Determined to fight for the future of the National Media Museum

Judith was today joined by fellow Bradford MP, Imran Hussain in a full and frank meeting with the Director of the National Media Museum over recent highly controversial announcements. Speaking after the meeting Judith said: “Let’s be clear we all want a vibrant and successful National Media Museum, but I have huge concerns about the… Continue Reading

Defend Bradford’s National Media Museum – Sign my petition!

Defend Bradford’s National Media Museum – Sign my petition!

It was just over three months ago that I received assurances from the Government both about keeping the National Media Museum here in Bradford and importantly keeping the entry free. The National Media Museum is a hugely important part of the cultural offer not just in Bradford and the region but for the nation as… Continue Reading

Judith signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

Judith signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

Judith Cummins has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people. Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of… Continue Reading

Judith welcomes fairer compensation deal for armed forces veterans

Judith welcomes fairer compensation deal for armed forces veterans

Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins has today warmly welcomed the Government’s announcement of an improved compensation package for armed forces veterans who suffer from mesothelioma disease. This follows an ongoing campaign to address unfair treatment of veterans who will die from cancer caused by asbestos exposure during their time in service. A better deal for… Continue Reading

MPs demand answers and urge rethink on tax office plans

MPs demand answers and urge rethink on tax office plans

Labour MPs Judith Cummins, Bradford South, and Imran Hussain, Bradford East, met today with Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, to press the case for keeping HMRC offices in Bradford. Speaking after the meeting Ms. Cummins said: “It is becoming increasingly apparent that HMRC don’t have a solid case for their decision. On… Continue Reading

What are your views on Syria?

What are your views on Syria?

The House of Commons will soon vote on extending military action in Syria, and I want to know what the people of Bradford South think about it. Voting on whether to send servicemen or women into action is one of the most important decisions that an MP can take, and I would never take that… Continue Reading

Judith urges carers to find out about their rights

Judith urges carers to find out about their rights

Today is Carers Rights Day and Judith is encouraging the 10,000 unpaid carers in Bradford South (over 50,000 across Bradford) to find about their rights as part of national Carers Rights Day, a campaign led by Carers UK urging people caring for ill or disabled loved ones to find out about the financial and practical… Continue Reading

A bright future for our National Media Museum.

A bright future for our National Media Museum.

I am proud of the National Media Museum, which described in the House of Commons today as one of Bradford’s cultural treasures. Given the importance of the Media Museum to Bradford, I was delighted to receive assurances from the Minister both about keeping the museum here in Bradford and importantly keeping the entry free. It… Continue Reading

Judith urges Tax Credit rethink

Judith urges Tax Credit rethink

Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins is today calling on the Government to rethink its plans to cut Tax Credits and urging Tory MPs to oppose the plans in an opposition debate taking place today. Speaking in advance of the debate Judith said: “I’m calling on Tory MPs to join Labour MPs in voting for today’s… Continue Reading

Ban on legal highs one step closer

Ban on legal highs one step closer

Last night the House of Commons MPs voted in the “second reading” of the Psychoactive Substances Bill which would see a blanket ban established on the production, distribution, sale and supply of so-called legal highs. The Bill follows the report of an expert panel into New Psychoactive Substances set up by the Home Office last year.… Continue Reading

Judith visits local business &  international success story

Judith visits local business & international success story

Earlier today Judith visited local business and international success story, Lindapter. The company has been an inventor and manufacturer of steelwork clamping systems in Bradford South constituency for more than 80 years. They currently employ over 60 people, mainly from the Bradford area and supply around £4.25 million of steelwork and £1.5 million cavity fixings into the… Continue Reading

Judith’s bingo-ing mad for Variety!

Judith’s bingo-ing mad for Variety!

Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins, attended Gala Bingo off Tong Street to take part in a nationwide charity event at Bingo Clubs up and down the country, to mark a £250,000 donation to Variety, the Children’s Charity from the industry. Representing 98% of all retail bingo clubs, The Bingo Association has been raising funds for… Continue Reading

Hajj pilgrimage tragedy

Hajj pilgrimage tragedy

I am shocked and saddened by the tragic events during today’s annual Hajj pilgrimage. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, their families and friends. Many thousands of pilgrims from Bradford will have travelled to take part in the Hajj and so this will be an extremely anxious time for many families across… Continue Reading

Judith challenges disproportionate cuts to Bradford

Judith challenges disproportionate cuts to Bradford

Earlier today Judith challenged the Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, Mark Francois MP, on the disproportionate cuts being inflicted on the most deprived areas of the country. Her question came as the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy published an analysis, demonstrating that the most deprived councils in the UK continue… Continue Reading

We need to act and act now

We need to act and act now

Judith has today added her voice to calls for the British Government to change its position on accepting more refugees in to the country saying “We’re faced with one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War, with millions of Syrians desperately fleeing their war-torn country. “The image yesterday of that poor boy’s… Continue Reading

Work finally begins on new Low Moor station

Work finally begins on new Low Moor station

It’s been a long time coming, but work has finally begun on the new Low Moor railway station, off Cleckheaton Road, with a breaking ground ceremony taking place earlier today. The contractors are now on-site and work has begun work in earnest to deliver the £10.8 million development ready for passengers next spring. Low Moor… Continue Reading

Statement on Bradford Ofsted report

Statement on Bradford Ofsted report

Reacting to today’s Ofsted inspection report on Bradford local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement, Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins said: “Whilst I am pleased to see that the report acknowledges some improvements are being made, changes have been too slow, academic achievement too low, attendance poor and the inequalities with disadvantaged pupils worsening. We must put… Continue Reading

Respiratory diseases must be given the priority they deserve

Respiratory diseases must be given the priority they deserve

Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins is calling for increased awareness of lung disease and a co-ordinated effort among politicians and policy-makers to prioritise respiratory health. Judith joined the British Lung Foundation as new data from the charity, launched at an event in Parliament, revealed that over 800,000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber are living… Continue Reading

Welfare Reform Bill

Welfare Reform Bill

The truth is that both I and Labour Party opposed the Welfare Reform Bil, I voted for a Labour amendment that would have stopped the whole Bill altogether. Sadly this fact has been completely overshadowed by the subsequent vote in which there was some division within the Labour Party. The Conservatives claim that this Bill… Continue Reading

Judith challenges PM to come clean on the Northern Powercut

Judith challenges PM to come clean on the Northern Powercut

Earlier this afternoon, Judith Cummins, the Member of Parliament for Bradford South challenged the Prime Minister during his weekly PMQ’s to come clean on whether he knew that the proposed electrification of the Trans Pennine route would not go ahead as planned, before the General Election. The questions comes on the back of documents revealed… Continue Reading

I will oppose any attempt to repeal or weaken the Hunting Act

I will oppose any attempt to repeal or weaken the Hunting Act

Judith has been contacted by hundreds of concerned constituents regarding moves to amend the Hunting Act, and she would like to make clear that she will oppose any attempt to repeal or weaken the Act “It is my view that the Government’s move to amend the Hunting Act is a deliberate attempt to weaken the legislation, effectively… Continue Reading

Judith delivers her maiden speech in Parliament

Judith delivers her maiden speech in Parliament

Earlier today, Judith delivered her maiden speech in the Parliament. She used the opportunity to pay tribute to her predecessor Gerry Sutcliffe, showcased the City of Bradford and highlighted her five key policy areas for the next five years. She also expressed concerns about the impact the budget would have on working people in Bradford saying… Continue Reading

Judith says keep the ban on bee-harming pesticides

Judith says keep the ban on bee-harming pesticides

Judith Cummins MP has committed to protect bees in the UK, speaking out against proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides. The MP made the declaration as government ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides – known as neonicotinoids – back into UK soil this autumn, despite clear evidence of how… Continue Reading

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