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Judith urges PM to allow visits from loved ones

Judith urges PM to allow visits from loved ones

Yesterday I urged the Prime Minister to do everything he can to keep care home residents & staff safe and allow visits from loved ones where possible, including by testing family members. A lack of social contact is especially difficult for people with dementia. Continue Reading

Judith writes on need to support economy

Judith writes on need to support economy

In this week’s Telegraph and Argus MP’s column, Judith writes about the priorities to get the health crisis under control and the need for the economy to be supported through these difficult times and begin our national recovery. You can read Judith’s column in the Telegraph & Argus by clicking here. Continue Reading

Judith welcomes re-opening of Bradford’s businesses

Judith welcomes re-opening of Bradford’s businesses

Judith Cummins has welcomed the reopening of business across Bradford which had been shut by local coronavirus restrictions. A number of businesses – including gyms, swimming pools, skating rinks, bowling alleys and indoor play areas – are now allowed to re-open You can read the full article here in the T&A Continue Reading

Safe return to classrooms must be Government’s top priority

Safe return to classrooms must be Government’s top priority

Judith has written her lastest MP’s column in the Telegraph & Argus AS August draws to a close many parents will be thinking about the start of the new school year. This year, however, last-minute preparations and the usual worries are overshadowed by the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves living in.  Since the beginning of… Continue Reading

Judith opposes plans for North Bierley waterworks site

Judith opposes plans for North Bierley waterworks site

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has formally objected to the proposed development on the North Bierley former waterworks treatment site. Although the site is located in Kirklees, access and egress will be via her Bradford South constituency. In a letter to the Chief Executive, Judith told Kirklees Council that the current plans will have a… Continue Reading

Judith backs Bill to improve benefits access for the terminally ill

Judith backs Bill to improve benefits access for the terminally ill

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has backed a Bill to improve access to benefits for people with a terminal illness. Currently, in order to access benefits quickly, people with unpredictable terminal conditions like motor neurone disease have to prove they have six months or less left to live – and they risk losing their benefits… Continue Reading

Buttershaw Baptist Church battling the financial and emotional impact of Covid-19

Buttershaw Baptist Church battling the financial and emotional impact of Covid-19

Judith Cummins MP recently met with Gavin Humphries, a minister at Buttershaw Baptist Church and lead on the church’s youth and community work, to discuss the long-term impact that COVID-19 is having on people living in Buttershaw, Woodside and Wibsey.  The minister of Buttershaw Baptist Church told Judith about the increasing number of people who are in crisis, due to the impact of COVID-19 on their financial and… Continue Reading

Local lockdowns require local furlough schemes

Local lockdowns require local furlough schemes

A version of this article was first published in The Times Ever since I heard Matt Hancock, in a recent interview, extol the virtues of getting seven hours sleep a night through this pandemic, I’ve been thinking about what keeps me awake at night. At the top of my list is the government’s planning –… Continue Reading

Judith urges action over reopening of beauty businesses

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has warned the Government that they are putting thousands of jobs at risk by delaying the reopening of the beauty industry. Mrs Cummins, who is co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing, spoke about the £8 billion industry during a debate on government economic support… Continue Reading

Judith and Bradford MPs over minister’s response to student nurse

Judith and Bradford MPs over minister’s response to student nurse

Judith Cummins MP said: “The Health Minister’s reply to this student nurse is extremely poor, especially given the tremendous work student nurses have been doing on the frontline of the covid-19 pandemic. “I urge the Government to recognise this and give student nurses the financial support they deserve.” In May, Judith asked if the Government… Continue Reading

Judith introduces bill for automatic electoral registration

Judith has introduced a Bill to modernise the electoral system by automatically adding eligible voters to the register. The Automatic Electoral Registration Bill would replace the current individual electoral registration system by automatically using data held by government departments and public services. This could include using information from the DWP, DVLA and the Passport Office… Continue Reading

Judith praises Community Response in Great Horton Ward

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has praised the response of community and voluntary groups in Great Horton Ward to the coronavirus pandemic. During visits to Scholemoor Beacon Community Centre on Dracup Avenue and the Lidget Walking Club, Judith thanked staff and volunteers for their ongoing support to the local community during this crisis. At Scholemoor… Continue Reading

Judith praises dedicated work of Bradford South Community Groups

Judith praises dedicated work of Bradford South Community Groups

Judith has paid tribute to community and voluntary groups in Tong ward on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. During visits to St Christopher’s Church on Holmewood Road, and the Bierley Life Centre, Judith saw first-hand the work of staff and volunteers to provide support to the community during the coronavirus crisis. Click here to… Continue Reading

Judith raises concerns over school meal system

Judith raises concerns over school meal system

Judith has raised major concerns that the operation of the Government’s free school meal voucher scheme, set up as part of the coronavirus response, could be preventing children from low income families receiving free school meals. Read the full story on the Telegraph & Argus website Continue Reading

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pub. 25 March 2020, Last Updated 29 May 2020 Please stay at home. Government guidance on what you can and cannot do can be found by clicking here. How I’m working for Bradford South during the COVID-19 emergency. I know many people are worried about the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the effects on them and… Continue Reading

Judith Cummins MP praises coronavirus community response

These are challenging times for our country and our community. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought disruption to almost every aspect of our lives. Our health, our financial security and our day-to-day interactions with friends, family and neighbours are all impacted. I know many people will be worrying about how they are going to get through… Continue Reading

Judith Cummins MP appointed to House of Commons Panel of Chairs

Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, has been asked by the House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to serve on his Panel of Chairs. Members of this prestigious panel assist The Speaker by chairing various legislative committees and debates across parliament. Judith said: “It is an honour to be appointed to the Panel and… Continue Reading

Joining the police on the beat

Joining the police on the beat

Bradford South Police were joined by local MP Judith Cummins on patrol to show her the latest pressures the force is under. Between 2010 – 2019 West Yorkshire Police Force have had their budget cut by over £110 million. This has resulted in the loss of over 700 police officers. Judith Cummins MP comments: “For… Continue Reading

Bring The Bulls Back

Bring The Bulls Back

An influential group of supporters and former players have been brought together by Judith in a campaign to ‘Bring the Bulls Back’ to Bradford. “The Bulls are part of our heritage and we need them back in Bradford,” says Judith. Bradford Bulls fans made an emotional farewell to Odsal at the last home game of… Continue Reading

Give WASPI women the justice they deserve

Give WASPI women the justice they deserve

Today in Parliament, Judith called on the government to give 1950s women affected by changes to the state pension age “the justice they deserve.” Judith questioned the Minister for Women and Equalities in the House of Commons, demanding to know “what concrete actions will the Minister now take to help these women?” Judith has long… Continue Reading

It’s time for fair funding for Bradford and the North

It’s time for fair funding for Bradford and the North

As part of the debate on the Queen’s Speech, Judith called for fair funding to be allocated to Bradford and the North, and condemned the failure of the Tory government to commit to doing so. During her speech, Judith asserted that “Northerners will not stand by and let this happen anymore.” Over the last ten… Continue Reading

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks Launch

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks Launch

More than 50 local students, businesses and dignitaries gathered in Bradford for a tour of a 38-acre manufacturing facility to kickstart a fortnight of events for Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2019. Attendees at water solutions and chemical manufacturer, Solenis, included Judith Cummins MP, v12 students from three schools – Dixons Allerton Academy, Parkside School and Appleton… Continue Reading

Meeting with the new West Yorkshire Police Chief

Meeting with the new West Yorkshire Police Chief

At the West Yorkshire Police Headquarters in Wakefield, Judith met with the new Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, John Robins to discuss key priorities for policing in Bradford South.  Judith Cummins MP comments: “It’s important that the police are supported to do their job. I am clear that this is only possible with proper funding from government. We need… Continue Reading

Slamming the Tory school cuts

Slamming the Tory school cuts

During Education Question at Parliament, Judith has slammed the government’s latest spending announcement, labelling the decision to prioritise funding for schools in Southern England as “disgraceful.” Judith demanded answers from the Tory minister as to why the plan “sees more money going to affluent schools in the South of England, while schools in Bradford South… Continue Reading

Petitioning Parliament for more school funding

Petitioning Parliament for more school funding

Before Parliament was prorogued for the longest time in decades, Judith presented petitions on behalf of Hollingwood Primary School and St John’s CE Primary School, calling on the funding cuts they have received to be reversed.  The two petitions were signed by hundreds of teachers, parents, carers and pupils from the local community.  Both Hollingwood and St John’s have… Continue Reading

Mental health needs proper funding from government

Mental health needs proper funding from government

During a visit to The new mental health recovery college based at Highfield Health Centre in Tong, Judith stated that “mental health needs to be treated exactly the same as physical health.” Judith went to the pioneering college to support the project that is helping residents across Bradford South with their mental health. At the… Continue Reading

Further talks between NHS Trust and Unison are welcome

Further talks between NHS Trust and Unison are welcome

Further talks that are set to take place between Unison and the Bradford NHS Trust, and Judith has welcomed this. Following a letter Judith sent to the chairman of Bradford NHS Trust on 12th August, calling for the decision to offload hundreds of workers into a new company to be reversed, the Trust has finally… Continue Reading

Statement on Bradford Bulls proposed move out of the city

Statement on Bradford Bulls proposed move out of the city

As Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group and MP for Bradford South, Judith has released a statement on the proposed move of Bradford Bulls to Dewsbury. “This is a huge blow, both for fans and for Bradford, that The Bulls are looking to relocate to Dewsbury, stating the high costs of running and maintaining the… Continue Reading

Time for Bradford NHS Trust  to drop controversial plans

Time for Bradford NHS Trust to drop controversial plans

In a letter to Dr Max Mclean, chair of Bradford NHS Trust, Judith has called on him to drop the controversial plans to remove NHS worker status from hundreds of employees. In the letter, Judith backs all the workers to remain as NHS employees as they “are an essential part of our health service,” and… Continue Reading

My letter to the Foreign Secretary on Kashmir

My letter to the Foreign Secretary on Kashmir

Dear Foreign Secretary, I am writing to you regarding the current situation in Kashmir. I am extremely concerned about the unilateral decision taken by the Indian Government to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. This is likely to increase tensions in the region and destabilise efforts… Continue Reading

Royal Opening of Bradford factory

Royal Opening of Bradford factory

Texfelt, a textile manufacturer has had a Royal Opening of their new facility in Bradford South by the Princess Royal. Judith was invited to and spoke at the event. The family-run manufacturer of textile materials invested £9 million in a new 60,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. To future-proof its operation and enable the production… Continue Reading

Grayling should stop August bank holiday transport chaos

Grayling should stop August bank holiday transport chaos

At Transport Questions, Judith has called on the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, to intervene to stop the transport chaos that is set to occur over the August bank holiday weekend. The Bradford MP called the decision to shut the East Coast Mainline “as baffling as it is nonsensical.” The Secretary of… Continue Reading

Time for the Government to  intervene to save Queensbury Tunnel

Time for the Government to intervene to save Queensbury Tunnel

Today in Parliament, Judith has demanded that the Government intervenes to save Queensbury Tunnel from attempts to destroy it. During a debate on cycle and walking paths, Judith called on the Government to “step in so that this can be stopped”, as it is “just so directly at odds with the Government’s cycling and walking… Continue Reading

Judith welcomes fund that will pay for children’s funerals

Judith welcomes fund that will pay for children’s funerals

This week Judith has welcomed the Government’s announcement to deliver a Children’s Funeral Fund. The campaign was led by Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, who tragically lost her son Martin. Judith has long been a supporter of the campaign, having put her name to a Parliamentary motion back in 2016. The fund means that… Continue Reading

Bradford climate change campaigners greeted at Parliament

Bradford climate change campaigners greeted at Parliament

Judith met with Bradford South residents that travelled down to London to join ‘The Time is Now’ protest calling for urgent action on climate change.   The event was designed by climate change campaigners to lobby MPs, with around 12,000 people from across the 650 constituencies in the UK attending.   Judith Cummins MP said: “It was… Continue Reading

Dementia care the key focus of Care Home Open Day visit

Dementia care the key focus of Care Home Open Day visit

With today being Care Home Open Day, Judith visited Knowles Court Care Home in Holme Wood. Judith met with Sara Scott, the Home Manager, as well as many residents of the home to discuss the care and support they receive. Judith was joined by Tong community organiser Tom Hughes. Earlier this week at Parliament, Judith… Continue Reading

Make us world leaders in dementia care

Make us world leaders in dementia care

In a speech this morning, Judith called on the Government to do more to help those who care for people living with dementia, in the form of practical, emotional and financial support. Judith spoke during the Dementia Debate at Parliament and used her speech to pay tribute to the thousands of carers that look after… Continue Reading

Woodside Academy hosts Google internet safety training

Woodside Academy hosts Google internet safety training

On Friday 21st June, Judith welcomed Google to Woodside Academy to help teach children about internet safety. The training focused on avoiding hackers, fraud and bullies, allowing the children to practice their skills learnt in practical exercises. It was all part of the Be Internet Legends initiative, which is an educational programme aimed at 7… Continue Reading

Defending our NHS workers rights

Defending our NHS workers rights

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are pushing forward with  controversial plans to move 600 current NHS staff into a new private company. Staff affected are balloting this week for industrial action to retain their NHS employment status which protects their terms and conditions and their pension rights. In response to employees losing their NHS employment status, the… Continue Reading

PwC opens new office in Bradford

PwC opens new office in Bradford

Last week Judith delivered the welcome speech at the opening of PwC’s new Bradford office, talking about how she wants to give every child equal opportunities. The event was hosted at PwC’s new offices on Godwin Street, with senior regional figures such as Dame Julia Cleverdon, Chair of the National Literacy Trust, David Baldwin, Chief… Continue Reading

Firefighters praised for tackling Ilkley Moor fires

Firefighters praised for tackling Ilkley Moor fires

Judith has thanked the firefighters of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for their handling of the Ilkley Moor fires.   The remarks were made during a House of Commons debate, where she called for fire services across the country to be given the funding they need to do their jobs.   There were fires in two areas of… Continue Reading

Stop the Bradford NHS backdoor privatisation

Stop the Bradford NHS backdoor privatisation

Judith has intervened to stop the NHS in Bradford starting on the path towards privatisation. The NHS Trust is attempting to create a shell company which would become the new employer for 600 current NHS staff. The shell company would start off being entirely owned by the NHS Trust, but it would allow for them… Continue Reading

Retail crime a serious issue in Bradford

Retail crime a serious issue in Bradford

Judith has taken part in the prevention of retail crime debate in Parliament, highlighting the Shopwatch schemes’ role in helping to tackle the issue in Bradford South. The scheme was designed following shopkeepers concerns regarding growing retail crime. “Retail crime can have a hugely damaging effect on local businesses and communities. In Braford South, we… Continue Reading

Judith intervenes to stop Queensbury Tunnel being sealed

Judith intervenes to stop Queensbury Tunnel being sealed

Judith Cummins, Labour MP for Bradford South and Queensbury, visited Queensbury Tunnel to demand a stop to Conservative Chris Grayling MP’s Department for Transport sealing it shut. Instead of sealing it, Judith is supporting plans for it to be part of a wider cycle path network. It is estimated that the project could contribute an… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

Bradford South MP welcomes international recognition for rugby league

Bradford South MP welcomes international recognition for rugby league

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has welcomed the announcement that the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has been granted observer status by a global sports organisation. The RLIF, which dates back to 1927, was awarded observer status at a meeting of the Global Assembly of International Sports Federations (GAISF) council on Wednesday, January 24. The All-Party Parliamentary… Continue Reading

Judith calls on Government to back new railway station in Bradford

Judith calls on Government to back new railway station in Bradford

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has called on the Government to back new plans which show a Northern Powerhouse Railway (NPR) stop in the city. Transport for the North (TfN) has published plans showing a new, high-speed rail line connecting cities across the North. In its draft strategic transport plan, TfN recommended that the new… Continue Reading

Judith welcomes her appointment to shadow minister role

Judith welcomes her appointment to shadow minister role

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has welcomed her appointment as Shadow Minister for International Trade. Judith will be responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department for International Trade, which was created by Prime Minister Theresa May in 2016 following the UK’s decision to vote to leave the European Union. Judith said: “I’m honoured to… Continue Reading

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins presses Government for more investment in infrastructure in the North

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins presses Government for more investment in infrastructure in the North

This week Bradford South MP Judith Cummins took part in a House of Commons’ debate about the creaking transport infrastructure of the North of England, but particularly Bradford. During the debate, Judith pressed the Government’s Transport Minister to release desperately needed funding for investment in the North’s creaking roads and railways. Judith underlined the raw deal the North of England had been dealt by… Continue Reading

Bradford South MP calls on Government to invest in Bradford’s overstretched NHS dentists

Bradford South MP calls on Government to invest in Bradford’s overstretched NHS dentists

This week Judith continued her long-running battle with Government for much-needed and long-overdue additional funding for Bradford’s NHS dental service. Judith pressed Government during a House of Commons’ debate called to discuss the irreparable damage being done to the country’s children and young people due to the underfunding of NHS dental services. Judith pressed the need for urgent and drastic action by highlighting shocking figures revealed through a… Continue Reading

MP honours service personnel at Cenotaph commemoration

MP honours service personnel at Cenotaph commemoration

Judith was recently elected as the new Chair of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group. The Group’s ambitious mission is to promote the sport’s successes, improve its profile amongst Parliamentarians and raise issues affecting the sport both locally and nationally. In one of her first duties as Chair, Judith laid a wreath at a Cenotaph commemoration to… Continue Reading

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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