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City MP to vote for new Community and Victim Payback Boards as number of criminals allowed to work from home trebles

Stephen Morgan MP is set to vote for Labour’s plan to create new Community and Victim Payback Boards that restore public trust in community sentences.  

Earlier this week, Labour research revealed that the number of criminals allowed to complete “independent” unpaid work projects had trebled nationally in 2021, with significant rises in most regions in England and Wales.  

Labour’s Community and Victim Payback Boards will determine how the unpaid work components of community sentences that see offenders giving back to their communities and victims are delivered.

Commenting on the findings, the Member of Parliament for Portsmouth, Stephen Morgan, said:

“This is yet more proof that the Conservatives are letting criminals off and letting victims down.

“Voters will be outraged that nearly ten thousand offenders who should be out repairing the communities they’ve damaged are being allowed to work from home while Ministers hound civil servants back into the office.

“Conservative MPs had a chance to show that they care about being tough on crime and tough on its causes, like Labour, but they refused to vote for Labour’s Community and Victim Payback Boards to restore public trust in the criminal justice system.

“Labour will put communities and victims at the heart of how offenders repay society and make sure justice is being seen to be delivered in Portsmouth.”

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City MP attacks Tory government as full extent of ‘Backlog Britain’ is revealed

Stephen Morgan MP has called for urgent government action on growing bottlenecks and delays, as Labour reveals a dossier detailing Tory ‘Backlog Britain’, on everything from driving licences and passports to major infrastructure projects bringing Britain to a halt.

 

With waits at the passport office leaving renewals taking ten weeks; queues at Dover; and holidaymakers spending hours and hours at airports, there are fears that ‘Backlog Britain’ will mar long-awaited family summers. 

 

Hold-ups are also hitting the NHS, with waiting times for A&E, cancer, dentistry and mental health services getting longer and longer. With a build-up in the courts, prosecutions and justice for victims are also on hold.

 

Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Pat McFadden, who will open a parliamentary debate on the issue today, has accused the Conservatives of being “a government without grip – it doesn’t function, it only campaigns.”

                                                                                                         

He has blamed the Prime Minister’s inability to plan and his sticking plaster, low growth, high tax approach to the economy as the root cause of ‘Backlog Britain’. 

 

The City MP’s postbag has seen a growing number of cases regarding passport renewal delays and driving licence issue hold ups, causing constituents a great deal of stress and anxiety as the summer holidays approach.

 

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“Instead of providing some security for our economy and planning for the future of our country, the Tories are lurching from crisis to crisis, opting to focus on campaigning to keep Mr Johnson in Downing Street instead of getting on with the job at hand.  

 

“Tory Ministers promised to level up Britain, but instead they’ve given us ‘Backlog Britain’ and are leaving Portsmouth behind, with the day-to-day consequences being further delays to basic services we all rely on like passports and driving licences.

 

“They need to stop making new promises they know they can’t deliver, and concentrate on delivering those they’ve already made. The Conservatives have lost grip – they’re out of touch and out of ideas.”

 

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Portsmouth MP offers support to local foodbank collection scheme

Stephen Morgan MP is encouraging his constituents to support the charities Trussell Trust and FareShare via Tesco Food Collection, which is taking place at Tesco stores between June 30 and July 2.

The Portsmouth MP is encouraging local residents to get involved by donating long-life food items to help support the charities in their work of feeding people within communities across the UK. Tesco has pledged to top up customer contributions with an additional 20% cash donation to the charities to aid them in their work.

The food collection points will be run by volunteers and the city MP is asking constituents to consider joining in to help. For more information about how to get involved, visit The Trussell Trust or Fareshare.

FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors. They take good quality surplus food from across the food industry and get it to frontline charities and community groups. Every week they provide enough food to create almost a million meals for vulnerable people.

The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. Its aim is to create a UK without the need for food banks.

Stephen Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, commented,

“I am encouraging all those who are able, to get involved and offer support to these two fantastic charities by donating long-life food or time as a volunteer.

“The UK is one of the richest countries in the world – but many people struggle to afford enough to eat. Sadly, both the Trussell Trust and FareShare tell me that the need for food to support those they work with is increasing.

“We are all aware that the cost of living crisis is putting enormous pressure on many people’s ability to afford a healthy diet. 7.3 million adults experienced food insecurity in April 2022.

“This year Tesco Food Collection is celebrating a decade of partnership with the Trussell Trust and FareShare. I would like to thank them for all they are doing to offer support to the 14 million people in the UK who are living below the poverty line.”

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Stephen Morgan MP reacts to key by-election results

Commenting on the by-election results of Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton, Portsmouth South MP, Stephen Morgan, said: 

“The message the country heard from Wakefield is clear: Labour is winning the trust of the British people and firmly on the path to power.

“The Prime Minister cannot ignore last night’s results. The chair of his party has already resigned and now even more senior Tories are calling for him to go. His time is up.

“Labour is on its way back to 10 Downing Street and today’s result is the birthplace of the next Labour government.”

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Conservatives have cut 4,500 GPs in the last decade

Patients in England are finding it impossible to get a GP appointment, after a decade of Tory mismanagement of the NHS has left England with almost 4,500 fewer GPs than a decade ago, Labour has warned.

Analysis of NHS data shows there were 32,200 GPs in 2013, which has fallen to 27,700 today, a reduction of 4,459 GPs.

In their 2019 manifesto, the Conservatives promised to hire 6,000 more GPs, but Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, has since admitted that the government is breaking its promise. Since the Conservatives made that promise at the general election, more than 300 GP practices have closed.

The findings come as Labour following a debate in Parliament on the crisis in primary care in Britain, tabling a motion calling on the Health Secretary to bring forward a plan to recruit the doctors which were promised at the last election.

It comes as research by the Nuffield Trust published in The Times recently showed Portsmouth has been the worst-hit area by the wider national fall in GPs since 2015, with just 40 GPs per 100,000 people, figures raised by the Portsmouth South representative when speaking in the House of Commons.

The debate also saw city MP Stephen Morgan call on Government to also take action on the crisis in NHS dentistry.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan MP, said:

“Long before the pandemic, our NHS was already struggling to cope with the level of demand for its services, but things have just gone from to bad worse in Portsmouth under this Government.

“Multiple GP closures, record numbers of people waiting for care and waiting longer than ever before means my postbag is filling up with concerns over a range on access to local health services.

“As I said in Parliament this week, our city has become a new healthcare hell for patients. This is the record of this Tory government.

“I will keep pushing Ministers to listen to the people of Portsmouth, intervene, clear the backlog and finally delivers the NHS services our city needs and deserves.”

Wes Streeting MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, added:

“People are finding it impossible to get a GP appointment when they need one, leaving them in pain and discomfort and meaning serious conditions will be missed.

“As the Culture Secretary recently admitted, a decade of Conservative mismanagement left our NHS ‘wanting and inadequate’ before Covid hit. Now the Conservatives are breaking their promise to hire the GPs we need.

“The longer we give the Conservatives, the longer patients wait. Labour will put patients first and make sure they can be seen on time.”

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Armed Forces Day: City MP praises contribution and sacrifice of Armed Forces community

Stephen Morgan MP has paid tribute to the Armed Forces community for their ‘crucial role in defending others at home and abroad’ following a flag raising ceremony at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to mark Armed Forces Day.

The Armed Forces Day event also included a special performance from the Royal Marines Association Band, as well as other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The City MP presented awards to winners of the Junior Field Gun competition, which Portsmouth area schools participated in.

Armed Forces Day is held each year on the last Saturday of June to celebrate the service and sacrifice of our UK Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

It comes after the Portsmouth MP invited local members of the armed forces community to a reception in Parliament this week, with Labour Leader Keir Starmer and Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey, to celebrate the contribution of service personnel, veterans and their families, both at home and abroad.

Despite the contribution of service personnel, government has cut the Army to its smallest size in 300 years. Labour has said it boost veterans’ mental health support by £35m.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“On Armed Forces Day, we pay tribute to the crucial role they play in defending our communities at home and abroad.

“They showed total professionalism with their support during the pandemic and continue to do so now in defending the UK and our NATO allies from Russian aggression.

“Labour’s commitment to our Armed Forces is unbreakable. I am deeply proud of our service men and service women, veterans and their families in Portsmouth, and I want to thank them for their incredible service as we mark Armed Forces Day.”

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Refugee Week: Portsmouth MP pays tribute to the contribution of local refugees after securing their safe passage

Stephen Morgan MP has paid tribute to the contribution of local refugees following a meeting at Saint Simons Church today with Ukrainians he helped to secure visas for and flea the war in their home country.

The Portsmouth MP met with the recently arrived Ukrainian family at a monthly meeting set up by volunteers at Saint Simons Church, which provides support, advice and activities and classes to local refugees, including art classes, crochet, table tennis, flag making, as well as an opportunity for guests to sit and chat.

It comes as the country marks Refugee Week, with this year’s theme focusing on healing.

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“I was delighted to be able to welcome new members of our community to Portsmouth this Refugee Week, and play a part in securing their safe arrival.

“Refugees make a huge contribution to our city and it’s vital Portsmouth does its bit in providing sanctuary to those fleeing persecution in their home countries. The work of volunteers at Saint Simons Church is inspiring and a shining example of our close-knit community.

“Sadly, government has made shamefully slow progress on Ukrainian refugees. Less than a quarter of Ukrainian refugees issued with a visa have actually arrived in the UK.

“The British public have shown strong support, but shambolic Home Office bureaucracy and delays are letting everyone down. I will continue to hold Ministers to get a grip of this and fix the Backlog Britain our country is fast becoming.”

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Portsmouth MP grills Minister for ‘dental desert’ city has become

Stephen Morgan MP has attacked the government during a debate in the House of Commons for the ‘dental desert’ the city has become as he continues to speak up over the lack of access to NHS services in the constituency

Portsmouth continues to face historic challenges in access to NHS dentistry, with research by the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) showing that Portsmouth area has the 7th lowest amount of NHS dentists per 100,000 in the country, at 42.

The City MP also said during the parliamentary debate on Tuesday, that “Tory Ministers have claimed the additional £6.8 million of piecemeal funding for dentistry in the region will help, but during the local dentistry forum I convened with practitioners and representatives…they made it clear it doesn’t even begin to meet the scale of the challenge.”

Sharing a response to a dental survey he has encouraged local people to complete, the Portsmouth South MP also explained during the debate how one family had to travel to Watford every six months for dental check-ups, with no option to register with an NHS dentist in Portsmouth.

The latest action by Mr Morgan follows a range of interventions he’s been making to lobby for access to quality local health services.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan MP, said:

“The disgraceful mismanagement and chronic underfunding of our NHS by the last twelve years of this Tory government has left Portsmouth to become a dental desert.

“It is clear Ministers are happy to simply paper over the cracks, rather than engage with the scale of the challenge at hand, clear the backlog and deliver the dental services my constituents need and deserve.

“I have been doing all I can to push decision-makers on this and to end the crisis. I have met with NHS commissioners, spoken up in debates in Parliament and questioned ministers, hosted an online forum with local dentists to hear views and ideas, met with the BDA and local dental committee, raised concerns in the local and national media and liaised with Healthwatch England and Healthwatch Portsmouth to understand patients’ views. I also launched a survey to hear the views of local residents alongside taking on casework of constituents. 

“I will continue to raise our city’s concerns with decision-makers and call on Ministers to intervene urgently to deliver the dental services my constituents need and deserve”.

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Armed Forces Week: Portsmouth MP hosts local Armed Forces community members at reception with Keir Starmer

Stephen Morgan MP welcomed a number of local members of the armed forces community at a reception in Parliament this week, with Labour Leader Keir Starmer and Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey, as the country prepares to mark Armed Forces Day this Saturday.

The event was attended by other Labour MPs and members of the armed forces community from across the country to celebrate the contribution service personnel, veterans and their families, both at home and abroad.

The Portsmouth South MP highlighted that from deployments abroad in response to the invasion of Ukraine, to deployments at home during the COVID 19 pandemic, the Armed Forces are essential to our national defence, our national resilience and our national NATO obligations.

Mr Morgan also stressed that the Conservatives have left our Armed Forces with weakened foundations. The Conservatives have cut the Army to its smallest size in 300 years and Ministers must halt army cuts now. Labour would also strengthen support for veterans – and boost veterans mental health support by £35m.

Armed Forces Day is held each year on the last Saturday of June to celebrate the service and sacrifice of our UK Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. This year’s events in the city will be taking place at the Historic Dockyard this Saturday.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan MP, said:

“I was delighted to welcome members of our city’s armed forces community to Parliament this week to celebrate Armed Forces Day with Labour Leader Keir Starmer.

“Our Armed Forces play a crucial role in defending our communities at home and abroad. They showed total professionalism with their support during the pandemic and continue to play a crucial role in defending the UK and our NATO allies from Russian aggression.

“Labour’s commitment to our Armed Forces is unbreakable. I am deeply proud of our service men and service women, veterans and their families in Portsmouth, and I want to thank them for their incredible service as we prepare to mark Armed Forces Day later this week.”

Photo of Stephen Morgan MP with Louise Purcell and Chris Purcell. Chris is a Falklands veteran and HMS Sheffield survivor. Both Chris and Louise have raised a fantastic £1m for the Poppy Appeal from Portsmouth.

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City MP responds to High Court’s AQUIND Judicial Review ruling

Responding to news that the High Court has granted AQUIND permission to bring a Judicial Review against the Secretary of State’s decision not to allow AQUIND to go ahead, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said:

“AQUIND’s desperate attempt to re-run the argument doesn’t change the facts, and it shouldn’t change the outcome. The project would bring untold disruption to our city and offers no benefits.

“Statistically these cases have a very low chance of success and I remain confident that the government’s original decision reflects Portsmouth’s united opposition to the project.

“I am pleased that the Council is discharging its responsibility to the people of Portsmouth to oppose the appeal. I will continue to work with local campaigners Let’s Stop AQUIND, follow legal proceedings closely and do everything in my power to ensure this project is stopped once and for all”.