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“Social Isolation and loneliness don’t stop when the Christmas tree comes down” says Stephen Morgan MP

As many headlines warn, Christmas can see loneliness and social isolation heightened, especially amongst older community members. However, newly re-elected MP Stephen Morgan has spoken out saying society must do better year-round to tackle the issue.

Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“While I welcome the recognition that social isolation and loneliness receives over Christmas, I believe we cannot afford to let the issue fall when the festive season finishes.

Loneliness doesn’t stop when the Christmas tree comes down, there is work to be done. Since being elected in 2017, I have had the opportunity to work with organisations such as Age UK, The Good Company and The British Legion in tackling these social problems.

I am committed to continuing this vital work now that I have been re-elected to parliament and look forward to continued cooperation with organisations both in Portsmouth and in Parliament.”

The Jo Cox Commission started a national conversation on loneliness and successfully encouraged the Government to accept many of its recommendations with the appointment of a Minister for Loneliness to take forward the work.

However, the Government has failed to implement some of the policies and has gone against previous commitments to safeguard benefits that help to combat loneliness.

Stephen Morgan said:

“Through work with Age UK and Portsmouth pensioners, I know how important certain benefits are in combatting isolation and loneliness.

That is why It is an outrage that this Government is overseeing the scrapping of free TV licences for 3 million older people, leaving a Tory manifesto promise in tatters.

We know that around 1.3 million over-75s are eligible for Pension Credit but do not or cannot claim for the benefit. This means at least 650,000 of our poorest pensioners facing an ominous new annual bill they simply can’t afford.”

The extensive work Mr Morgan has done for to combat isolation and loneliness is not limited to action on the free TV licence. He has worked hard on increasing bus routes, called for a veteran’s railcard, regular meets with Age UK and has a close relationship Portsmouth Pensioners to ensure they have a voice in parliament.

 

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City MP Stephen Morgan has launched a Christmas appeal in support of St Swithun’s homeless mission

Reliant on donations from the public, the Southsea church is running a project to help vulnerable people by providing hot meals, support and essential goods.

Following a visit to the project a few weeks ago, the re-elected Portsmouth South MP and Shadow Communities Minister has done a call out on social media requesting constituents donate men’s gloves, warm socks and razors with shaving foam to help the homeless in Portsmouth this Christmas.

Residents, local groups and businesses are encouraged to drop off these items only to the MP’s constituency office this Friday or Monday. Speaking at the appeal,

Stephen Morgan MP said

“An estimated 280,000 homeless people will be sleeping rough or living in temporary housing and hostels on Christmas Day.

According to Shelter, that’s about one in every 200 of the total population. Behind these statistics are real people and this crisis should shame us all.

As Portsmouth South’s MP, I will continue to press the new government to confront this huge challenge and do something radical to implement.

In Southsea, St Swithun’s tireless work has been going under the radar, with volunteers donating hundreds of hours helping those in need. I urge constituents to do their bit by giving a little and helping this appeal this Christmas”.

The office is open for donations Friday and Monday 9-5pm at 72 Albert Road, Southsea PO5 2SL

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City MP wastes no time in calling on PM to construct invaluable Naval dry dock facility in Portsmouth

Newly re-elected MP, Stephen Morgan has made refreshed calls on the new Government to construct a dry dock facility in Portsmouth in one of his first major post-election moves.

The city MP’s most recent calls on the PM are part of a long-running campaign that has seen him meet government procurement ministers, grill cabinet members in the chamber, write countless letters to the Ministry of Defence and regularly meeting with Naval Personnel.

City MP, Stephen Morgan said:

“The last Labour Government showed ambition in commissioning the QE Class carriers which are a maritime feat that has marked the rebirth of naval aviation in the UK.

It is only fair and just that we have the infrastructure to match these ambitious achievements. 

Mr Johnson has previously stated he wants to invest in communities like ours, with a majority Government he now has the opportunity.

I’ve long been taking action to see a dry dock facility built in Portsmouth. It would bring around £1 bn to our economy, generate over 100 jobs and bolster our Naval Base. It is time for the PM to be bold and back Britain and Portsmouth.”

The MP has written to Mr Johnson to lobby for Portsmouth following announcements by Government on their legislative program for the year ahead. 

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Stephen Morgan speaks up for social care as Government sets out agenda for the year

Portsmouth South’s MP Stephen Morgan, along with other representatives, today observed Her Majesty the Queen’s speech setting out the Government’s plan for the year.

As Shadow Communities Minister, Mr Morgan has singled out social care as an area that requires urgent attention, joining experts such as the Kings Fund in suggesting today’s commitments do not go far enough.

Mr Morgan said:

“It is telling that Mr Johnson chose not to mention Social Care in his victory speech last week. The proposals mentioned today are a mere drop in the ocean in comparison with what is needed.

When nearly £8bn has been taken from council budgets for social care since 2010, there are 1 million people not getting the care they need, and 87 people are dying a day waiting for care we need to see change.

The Government has dragged their heels, resulting in a social care system at crisis point. As Shadow Communities Minister, I will be applying the highest level of scrutiny to ensure that the Government faces the scale of the crisis at hand.

The more time wasted, the more our most vulnerable community members will suffer.”

A senior Government Minister was also forced to admit that her party’s manifesto did not include costed plans for social care reform, but only interim extra funding of £1 billion a year to fund the system in England.

The King’s Fund has said that this extra funding “is not enough to meet rising demand for care while maintaining the current quality and accessibility of services”.

Shadow Communities Minister, Stephen Morgan MP added:

“For more than two years, the Government has been promising to publish the social care green paper, which would lay out plans for addressing the adult social care funding crisis.

During the election period, Disability News Service reported that a senior Government minister admitted the Green Paper did not even exist. How are we meant to address this crisis when the can is constantly kicked down the road?

The Conservatives view the crisis in social care with utter contempt and it is people in our communities paying the price.

The Government should now stop the delay in delivering the long-term solution for social care, which secures these vital services for the future. “

Mr Morgan’s comments follow a September report highlighting how many big care providers have developed highly complex corporate structures involving offshore tax havens. Many claim this puts profit over people and sucks money out of the system.

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Stephen Morgan delivers on commitment to work with More United in achieving a politics of “hope and compassion”

Stephen Morgan, sworn in as MP for Portsmouth South yesterday, in one of his first acts as MP met with cross-party colleagues in a bid to work towards a more compassionate political landscape.

More United, which has over 150,000 members and is working with 62 MPs from six parties, backed Stephen Morgan in the 2019 General Election. They seek to provide a network of MPs working together to tackle issues like homelessness, the social care crisis, mental health support and the climate emergency.

Stephen Morgan said:

“In my acceptance speech last Friday, I pledged to work with others regardless of party to tackle the major issues blighting our society. This is what Portsmouth people deserve and this is what I intend to do.

Our country is deeply divided and what we need to see is co-operation and unity in the face of adversity. Today, I met with other likeminded MPs to discuss how we tackle together issues such as homelessness, climate change and improving mental health care provision.

I look forward to continuing to work with others to ensure that we have honest, frank politics and that the priority of MPs is always serving the interests of their constituents”.

The meeting that took place today in parliament saw around 40 MPs come together.  The purpose was to set out the agenda for the year to come and to encourage attendees to spread the word about the importance of cross-party discussion.

Stephen Morgan MP received backing from More United due to his running of a clean and honest campaign, a pledge he is standing by now that he has been re-elected to parliament.

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Stephen Morgan increases majority as Portsmouth South bucks national trend

MP Stephen Morgan received 23,086 votes, more than trebling the majority, representing a 7.6% increase on the 2017 election to 48.6% at Thursday’s General Election.

This puts the victory in Portsmouth South as amongst Labour’s top 3 in the nation and ranks the city representative as number one in terms of numerical Labour swing across the country in the 2019 election.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“My greatest honour was being elected to represent this city, the city where everyone I love lives, in 2017.

Portsmouth people have reaffirmed their faith in my ability to deliver, motivating me even more to fight our city’s corner.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who helped me run a positive campaign across every community and to all those who put their trust in me again on Thursday.

I look forward to continuing to demonstrate my commitment to every person and every community in Portsmouth South and taking a stand for our city in Parliament.”

In 2017 Mr Morgan made history by becoming the first ever Labour MP for Portsmouth South in the snap election, recording an increase in the share of the vote of 21.5%.

On the results nationally, Stephen Morgan said:

“It is with real mixed emotion, that I reflect on the results across the country. Our party’s biggest defeat since the 1930s, losing in some of our historic heartlands and communities that so desperately need a Labour government the most.

These results are not only extremely disappointing, they will also have consequences for the future of our country and the most vulnerable in our society.

I vow to provide the strongest possible opposition in parliament to Mr Johnson’s government and vow to seek to unite the whole country for change”.

The result in Portsmouth South ensured the highest share of vote since Bonner Pink (Con) in 1983 (50%). The Lib Dem result was the lowest vote share for a Liberal party since 1918.

Parliament is set to return on Tuesday when Mr Morgan will be sworn in again.

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Keir Starmer backs Stephen Morgan’s re-election

Stephen Morgan has received the backing of the Shadow Brexit Secretary following his recent visit to Portsmouth discussing Britain’s future in the European Union.

The Labour candidate recently held a rally where Sir Keir Starmer was the keynote speaker. The event saw over 150 people attend and was standing room only. The rally follows the backing of Stephen Morgan by Best for Britain, the People’s Vote, For Our Future’s Sake and Vote for a Final Say all lending their hand to Morgan’s re-election.

Four consecutive independent polls put the Lib Dem candidate for Portsmouth South trailing in the hotly contested constituency with as little as 11% expected share of the vote.

Keir Starmer said:

“In Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth people have a proven parliamentarian with a track record of standing up for his community.

We are facing uncertain times where the effects of decisions made in parliament will define the futures for generations to come.

It is essential that we have representatives who are committed, capable and willing to work for their communities. Stephen Morgan is the only candidate who fits the bill in Portsmouth South.

I hope to continue working with Stephen after tomorrow’s General Election”

To view the tactical voting recommendations for Portsmouth South visit: https://tactical.vote/portsmouth-south

Stephen Morgan said:

“People want to get Brexit sorted. On the doorstep In Portsmouth we’ve been hearing more and more support for Labour’s solution to this divisive issue by putting the issue back to the people. We are the only party seeking to heal divide in our country by offering a final say in all circumstances.

It is well known that I campaigned to remain in 2016. I was delighted to share the stage with Keir Starmer who like me, has stated he will campaign to remain in a future confirmatory vote Labour will secure in Government.

A vote for any other party on Thursday puts this at risk”.

Alongside local residents and community leaders, representatives from the People’s Vote, For our Futures Sake and European Movement attended to show support for Stephen Morgan.

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Healthcare workers in Portsmouth join tactical voting websites in signing letter backing Stephen Morgan

Stephen Morgan, the 2017 General election winner and Portsmouth South Labour candidate, has been widely backed by major tactical voting websites and now healthcare professionals as the only candidate to beat the Tories here.

Local healthcare professionals in Portsmouth and Hampshire are among hundreds from across the country – many in target seats – who’ve signed an open letter urging people to vote tactically this Thursday to save the NHS from Brexit.

Mirek Synek, a former community paediatrician who worked in Portsmouth, said:

“I’ve signed the letter because I’m dead against privatisation of the NHS – it’s lunacy – a private healthcare system will be less accessible with lower quality of care. Before I retired, it was becoming more and more difficult to maintain good standards, due to the cuts facing the NHS.

If Boris Johnson wins a majority on Thursday, then a no deal Brexit is very much on the cards and it will mean complete disaster for the health service. The already poor levels of staffing will worsen. Many more EU doctors and nurses will leave.

That’s why, if you care about the future of the NHS, you need to vote tactically.”

Stephen Morgan said:

“We won here in 2017, it comes as no surprise that we are predicted to win here again on the 12 December. All recent polls, not paid for by any political party, put me a staggering 33 point lead over the Liberal Democrats.

The polling reflects my record of delivery in Portsmouth and the feedback that I am hearing from residents on the doorstep. I know that I am the only candidate capable of continuing to fight on behalf of our city, it’s great to know that the polling and major tactical voting websites agree.”

In their letter to all parliamentary candidates, the signatories point out that hospitals, health and care services across the country are already struggling to cope.

There are currently more than 100,000 unfilled posts across all English NHS trusts, including more than 40,000 nursing vacancies, a shortage of 11,000 doctors and 2,500 full time midwives in England. And there are a further 110,000 unfilled positions in social care.

People’s Vote, Best for Britain, For Our Future’s Sake, Vote for a Final Say and other tactical voting websites have all backed Stephen Morgan as the only candidate capable of beating the Tories in Portsmouth South.

Stephen Morgan said:

“From organising public rallies to attending meetings in parliament, I have been working with ‘People’s Vote’ for some time. I am the only local candidate who backs a final say. The Lib Dems want to ignore 17.4 million people while the Tories want to crash out with either a disastrous deal or a catastrophic no-deal.

People’s Vote have publicly stated that they believe I am the only candidate to beat the Tories and secure a final say on Brexit, where I will campaign to remain. This backs up recent comprehensive polling that puts me as the clear winner here Portsmouth South.”

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Stephen Morgan backs Labour’s game-changing social care plan

Labour has announced its game-changing plans to head off the social care crisis through introducing free personal care and increasing the number of care packages provided to working age adults and older people each year.

Recent Labour Party research has also revealed that since April 2017, over 9,200 people have approached their local authority for help to pay for their social care, after running out of money.

Free personal care will ensure people with dementia receive the same care as those with other conditions, reduce the burden on unpaid carers and benefit the NHS by reducing delayed transfers of care from hospital and admissions to care homes and hospitals.

Stephen Morgan said:

“Portsmouth City Council has been far from exempt in terms of local authority cuts with local services we all rely on slashed by 48 percent since 2011, equating to £73m. This means that care services are in crisis.

I am proud to stand on a manifesto that sets out a strategy for real change and will properly fund social care for our older community members and reform the way we think about caring for people I need.“

Stephen Morgan has a record of delivery when it comes to standing against the social care crisis. He has worked with Alzheimer’s UK to call for funding for dementia care, held officials to account while working in the Public Accounts Committee and constantly grilled Ministers in Parliament to fund local authorities properly.

Labour’s National Care Service will provide publicly funded care to all those that need it.

The next Labour government will:

• Introduce free personal care for older people
• Fund social care properly with £10 billion of additional funding by 2023/24
• Cap care costs
• Reform provision of care by ensuring care providers meet ethical standards of care
• Support the care workforce better to ensure people receive support from trained staff
New Labour research reveals that:
• 9,290 people have approached their local authority for help with their social care costs after running out of money to pay for it themselves – called ‘self-funders with depleted funds’ – since April 2017.
• 5,385 people – almost 15 a day – approached their local authority for help in 2018/19, an increase of 38% on the previous year.
• Based on the average cost of a home care package being £16 an hour and the average recipient of free personal care in Scotland receiving 8.8 hours of free personal care a week, free personal care will save older people £7,321 a year, drastically reducing the number of people depleting their savings to pay for their care.

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Stephen Morgan talks of ‘need for continued investment in our Royal Navy’ as HMS Prince of Wales Commissioning services gets underway

HMS Prince of Wales, commissioned by the last Labour Government, is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier to be commissioned into the fleet and forms part of the carrier strike group set to deploy in 2021.

2017 General Election winner, Stephen Morgan said:

“As MP for Portsmouth South, I had the privilege of visiting HMS Prince of Wales both for her naming day and twice when she was under construction in Rosyth.

Having seen the tireless efforts of the shipbuilders on site, I know how much skill and craftsmanship is required to carry out a technological feat such as this. It is essential that we continue to invest in our naval capability and I am proud of my track record of doing just that.

Being the Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South has given me the opportunity to directly meet with the Government Procurement Minister to lobby hard for the A31es to be base-ported in our city, take action over getting a dry docking facilities here in Portsmouth and spend time with the shipbuilders and naval personal who tirelessly work for the good of the nation.

To carry on being a strong national voice for Portsmouth on the Royal Navy and all our armed forces, I need your support on Thursday 12 December.”

The £3.1bn aircraft carrier is the eighth Royal Navy vessel to bear the name, and is named after the previous ship to hold the title.

Stephen Morgan said:

“Not only does HMS Prince of Wales mark the rebirth of Naval Aviation and showcase the top-class engineering held in our nation, the construction of these ships has provided a welcome boost to our economy and ship building sector.

The process involved 20,000 workers, 200 suppliers and was built in 9 locations across the UK. It is a manifestation of our nation’s ability to come together and produce something remarkable.

The fact that Portsmouth has played such an instrumental role in this undertaking truly does secure our city as the heart and home of the Royal Navy.”

Stephen Morgan is no stranger to standing up for our Royal Navy and during his time as MP spent time with naval forces both in the UK and overseas. In a bid to secure the Dry Dock facility in Portsmouth South and ensure the A31es all the city home he has been lobbying the Ministry of Defence tirelessly, submitted parliamentary questions, met with Ministers and met with the Naval Base commander regularly here in Portsmouth.