Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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I've signed Early Day Motion 1449 on the Justice Committee's report on Probation Reform. It's clear from the report that the government's decision to privatise parts of the probation system which had been an award-winning service has created what can now only be described as a mess.

The government should now begin the work of bringing the service back into the public sector and reversing the damage it has caused.

You can find the details of the EDM by following this link: https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1449

Alternatively, you can read the text of the EDM below: 
"That this House welcomes the recent Justice Committee report on the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms; notes the Committee remains unconvinced that these reforms can ever deliver an effective or viable probation service; expresses concern that staff morale is at an all-time low, according to the report, with the Committee chair describing the probation system as a mess; believes that part-privatising the award-winning probation service in 2015, with a focus on payment by results, was a risky and expensive mistake; and calls on the Government to consult with staff unions including Napo and Unison on how to bring the whole probation service back into the public sector."

EDM 1449: Justice Committee Probation Reform Report

I've signed Early Day Motion 1449 on the Justice Committee's report on Probation Reform. It's clear from the report that the government's decision to privatise parts of the probation system...

The chaos that had engulfed the government today further puts British manufacturers at risk.

It's just one week until the crucial third reading of the Customs Bill and Trade Bill.

Both need amending to ensure #RobustRemedies for manufacturers.

The government must act to protect the interests of British industry and jobs.

Robust Remedies

The chaos that had engulfed the government today further puts British manufacturers at risk. It's just one week until the crucial third reading of the Customs Bill and Trade Bill....

"The unpredictability of life means that at any time anyone can become a patient, whether in a life-threatening manner or having cactus spines removed from your foot.

Yet at no stage does the doctor or nurse ask you for a credit card or about your ability to pay.

There is no credit check, no awkward explanation about why you missed a couple of payments or any instant payment to make.

On July 5th we marked 70 years since our NHS started to treat people based on their need rather than their ability to pay.

In Britain we are proud of our nation’s collective decision – in the ashes of war and sacrifice – to create a system of care from cradle to grave".

I've written an article on NHS funding for my personally speaking column in the Sentinel. You can read it by clicking this link.

Personally Speaking: 'We Must Find Cure for Underfunding of NHS'

"The unpredictability of life means that at any time anyone can become a patient, whether in a life-threatening manner or having cactus spines removed from your foot. Yet at no...


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