Angela Eagle

Member of Parliament for Wallasey

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I was pleased to launch my campaign to be Labour's Deputy Leader yesterday. You can watch my campaign video here.

Angela stands to be Labour's Deputy Leader

I was pleased to launch my campaign to be Labour's Deputy Leader yesterday. You can watch my campaign video here.

I am immensely grateful to the voters of Wallasey for returning me to Parliament for the sixth time with a doubled majority, and for giving me the opportunity to serve my constituents for a further five years.

 

It’s fantastic to welcome 53 new Labour MPs to Parliament. I am particularly proud that 65% of these new MPs are women, and 15% are from BAME communities. It speaks to the inclusivity of our Party which has led the way with all-women shortlists and encouraging BAME candidates.

 

Now, more than ever, we need a strong Labour Party to fight for those most vulnerable in our society and to counter the worst excesses of a Tory government. Our Parliamentary Party needs to be active and robust in defending hard-won workplace rights, as well as fighting for our embattled NHS.

 

In these rapidly changing times, it is clear that we as a Party need to reflect on the result last Thursday, and to conduct an honest, open debate about how we chart a course back to Government. There are hard lessons to be learnt, but I firmly believe that Labour can rebuild, and that we can once again provide compelling answers to the challenges our country faces.

Thank you!

I am immensely grateful to the voters of Wallasey for returning me to Parliament for the sixth time with a doubled majority, and for giving me the opportunity to serve...

Angela Eagle MP responds to the Budget.
“George Osborne’s claim that the sun is shining doesn’t ring true for people and families on Merseyside who for the first time since the 1920s are earning less at the end of a government than they were at the beginning.
Households are on average £1600 a year worse off and there is a real issue with low-paid, exploitative zero hour contract jobs which give people no security whatsoever.  The Chancellor did nothing to address this.  He also failed to mention that the Tories have imposed 24 major tax rises over the past five years, which has contributed to the rising cost of living for ordinary people.
It is insulting for the Chancellor to say that living standards are improving when the reality is quite different. It is only the privileged few at the top who are benefiting have benefited under the Tories; everyone else has been left behind.
The Budget also gave the Chancellor the opportunity to deal with the funding crisis in the NHS. By not doing so, he further confirmed the dangers the Tories pose to the NHS if they’re given another term. By their own admittance they want to take public spending back to the levels of the 1930s. It is a dangerous risk that we can’t afford to take.”

Angela's response to the Budget 2015

Angela Eagle MP responds to the Budget. “George Osborne’s claim that the sun is shining doesn’t ring true for people and families on Merseyside who for the first time since...

Angela Eagle MP responds to Monitor's investigation into finances at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust:

"Monitor's decision to  launch this investigation sheds further light on the deep and incredibly difficult financial pressure facing NHS services  in Wirral.

I hope Monitor does help to improve the situation but we must not forget that the NHS is in an extremely fragile state following David Cameron's disastrous reorganisation. It is facing greater demand than ever before which the Government is failing to respond to adequately. 

"We've seen crisis in A&E departments, staff shortages, waiting times rising and now hospitals are running out of money. This is further evidence of an NHS in crisis under the Tories." 

Angela responds to Monitor's investigation into finances at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Angela Eagle MP responds to Monitor's investigation into finances at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: "Monitor's decision to  launch this investigation sheds further light on the deep and incredibly difficult...

Read Angela's blog on Labour's plans for parliament and political reform here: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/03/we-must-change-how-we-do-politics-order-get-people-engaged-again

Angela's blog on parliament and political reform for The New Statesman

Read Angela's blog on Labour's plans for parliament and political reform here: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/03/we-must-change-how-we-do-politics-order-get-people-engaged-again

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Last week, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority leaders supported my calls for a freeze in tunnel toll fees. I urged them to block any rise this year as it would have come at the worst possible time for tunnel users who are already suffering a huge cost-of-living crisis under David Cameron. Labour MPs Frank Field and Alison McGovern also called for a freeze. I am pleased that they listened to us and made the right call.

It is not just the costs associated with driving that are going up. The cost of living has soared over the last five years so much that people across Wirral are now £1,600 a year worse off.

People living in Wallasey, New Brighton, Moreton, Seacombe, Liscard and Leasowe are finding that, however hard they work, rising prices and falling wages mean their living standards have fallen.

And I’m increasingly hearing from people who are being forced to use their credit cards, their dwindling savings, or take out payday or doorstep loans if they need to buy anything beyond everyday items.

All of this is a direct result of a Tory Government that has presided over an economy that only works for a privileged few at the top but has failed everyone else. For five years, David Cameron has done nothing about it.

Over the coming weeks, I will be talking to people in Wirral about how Labour will tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

We will increase the National Minimum Wage and we will tackle rip-off energy suppliers. We will abolish the bedroom tax and we will introduce free extra child care for all three and four year olds to help working parents. The next Labour Government will also build more affordable housing and take on rip-off private landlords who have failed to provide decent homes for local people. Labour is committed to tackling the cost-of-living crisis created by David Cameron.While not promising the earth, all of these policies will go some way to help people and families across Wirral.

Angela's column for Wirral News- 25th February

  Last week, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority leaders supported my calls for a freeze in tunnel toll fees. I urged them to block any rise this year as it...

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Tory MPs lined up in Parliament last week to vote for a cut in the number of police officers protecting communities in Wirral.

The cuts come on top of the 16,000 police officers we’ve already lost across the country since David Cameron became Prime Minister – 800 of those have gone from Merseyside streets. We’re now set to lose even more and Wirral could be hit hard.

Our local police force is already overstretched and staff are finding it increasingly difficult to manage rising violent crimes such as domestic violence and rape cases.

This further reduction in the police grant is only going to make the situation worse and undermine public confidence in the ability of the police to respond effectively to emergencies. It is incredibly dangerous. That is why I vigorously opposed it in Parliament.

And it is not just violent crime that is rising. Online crime has shot through the roof. And threats to our national security have increased.

Reports of child sexual abuse are up 33%, but referrals to the CPS from the police have gone down 11% and there are serious delays in investigating online child abuse. That means victims are finding it harder to get justice and more criminals and abusers are walking away scot-free.

Even in basic responsibilities such as road safety, the police are being overstretched. The number of police on our roads, and the number of driving offence penalties have fallen substantially, but the number of casualties and fatalities has gone up.

The Tories just don’t seem to get the pressures public services are under.

From the police to the NHS, frontline support is being shattered. If the Tories win again in May, their vision of a pre-1930s society when we didn’t have such vital services could soon become a reality.

Labour would take an alternative approach.

We’ll make saving in others areas which would see our front line protected in order to do the vital job of protecting our local communities.

Angela's column for Wirral News- 18th February

Tory MPs lined up in Parliament last week to vote for a cut in the number of police officers protecting communities in Wirral. The cuts come on top of the...

 

Here's a short clip from a Bite the Ballot roundtable discussion I took part in along with Lisa Nandy MP. Here we discuss the issue of Internet privacy and, if you are interested in more, please visit Bite the Ballot's Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=833524416705716&notif_t=scheduled_post_published

Bite the Ballot roundtable

  Here's a short clip from a Bite the Ballot roundtable discussion I took part in along with Lisa Nandy MP. Here we discuss the issue of Internet privacy and,...

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This week Ed Miliband announced that the next Labour Government will introduce a ‘Father’s Month’ which will see paternity leave doubled for fathers from two to four weeks so they can spend more time with their babies in the crucial first weeks after birth. Paternity pay will also be increased to £260 a week, equivalent to the national minimum wage.

I know that this new announcement will be welcome news for many families in Wirral who want to give their families the best start in life. It will help over 400,000 families every year across the UK and comes on top of our offer to extend free childcare from 15 hours to 25 hours a week for working parents of three and four years olds, which will be paid for by raising the bank levy. The increase in paternity leave will also be good news for women who will be given more flexibility to do some more of the things they want after pregnancy with an extra pair of hands to help for a longer period.

This announcement comes as we set out our plans to help families in Wirral under Labour. I am pleased that we will also reinvest in Sure Start, a fantastic achievement of the last Labour Government, which has been neglected by David Cameron. We will double the number of childcare places available at Sure Start centres in Wirral and ensure they are properly used rather than being mothballed as many have been under the Tories. We will also offer parents guaranteed access to wraparound childcare between 8am and 6pm through local primary schools.

David Cameron promised to lead the most family friendly government ever but with families judging to keep their heads above water and feeling the pressure of the Tory cost-of-living crisis, it is clear that he has failed. Labour’s plans are good news and offer real solutions to improve childcare and family life in the crucial early years of childhood.

Angela's column for Wirral News- 11th February 2015

This week Ed Miliband announced that the next Labour Government will introduce a ‘Father’s Month’ which will see paternity leave doubled for fathers from two to four weeks so they...

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