Entries by Sam Eccles

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City MP votes against government Bill to raise National Insurance as Labour offers alternative vision for Social Care

Stephen Morgan MP has voted against a government Bill that will raise National Insurance for local working families as Labour sets out its alternative vision for social care reforms. The Health and Social Care Levy Bill, which is being debated in the House of Commons today before votes this evening, would raise National Insurance by […]

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‘Stop Aquind’ campaign reaches critical moment as Portsmouth MP submits 6,200 signature petition to Parliament

Stephen Morgan MP has submitted a 6,200 signature petition to Parliament today, calling on the Business Secretary to scrap the damaging infrastructure project.  The campaign, supported by the local ‘Stop AQUIND’ group, has been the leading local voice of opposition to the proposed interconnector project. The Portsmouth representative’s petition cites the huge damage it would […]

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Portsmouth MP votes against ‘discriminatory’ Voter ID policy and calls for it to be ‘urgently abolished’

Stephen Morgan MP has voted against the government’s ‘discriminatory’ Election Bill and has called for it to be ‘urgently abolished’. The Bill, if passed, would require voters to present photo ID to vote at polling stations in future elections. The Official Opposition has called on the government to urgently rethink the policy, raising concerns that […]

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Reactive statement to social care reform proposals – Stephen Morgan MP

Responding to the government’s announcement on funding for social care today, the member of parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said: “The social care system is in crisis, but the government’s manifesto breaking proposals to fund its reforms would hit working people hardest, particularly low earners, young people and businesses still recovering from the impacts […]

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Portsmouth MP joins The Reading Agency to encourage people to combat loneliness and promote wellbeing through reading  

Stephen Morgan MP has met representatives from The Reading Agency to offer support for their new ‘Read, Talk, Share’ campaign. The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South met the group to hear about the new initiative to combat loneliness and promote wellbeing through the proven power of reading. The Reading Agency’s work to tackle loneliness […]

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Portsmouth MP tells Government to honour Afghanistan evacuation heroes

Stephen Morgan MP has called on the government to reward service personnel who took part in the evacuation of Afghanistan with medals. More than 1,000 UK personnel took part in Operation Pitting, which airlifted 15,000 people fleeing oppression and persecution to safety as the country fell to the Taliban. The mission was the largest of […]

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Portsmouth MP relaunches advice centre with local charity as city steps up response to Afghan crisis 

Stephen Morgan MP has relaunched one of his regular advice centres with local charity Friends without Borders to provide a more direct route for those in his constituency seeking shelter and support. The charity, which provides support for asylum seekers within the Portsmouth area, will host the Portsmouth representative and a member of his casework […]

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Government response to ‘90,000’ HGV driver shortage is ‘kicking the can down the road’, says local MP

Stephen Morgan MP has labelled the Government’s response to tackle a shortage of HGV drivers as “kicking the can down the road”. The driver shortage has been estimated to be between 76,000 to 90,000 drivers, according to Logistics UK. (1) It comes after a range of senior Labour frontbenchers responded to an open Government letter […]

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Stephen Morgan MP raises concerns over access to city’s healthcare following survey  

Stephen Morgan MP has once again raised concerns that a worrying number of people in Portsmouth are not getting access to GP care when they need it, following a new survey being published.    Responses to the GP patient survey showed that 14.9% of patients surveyed in Portsmouth said they ‘did not find it easy to get through to their GP practice on the […]

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‘The character of our country is defined by how we respond to these moments’ says City MP on Afghanistan debate

Today (Wednesday 18 August 2021) Parliament was recalled to allow MPs to receive an update from the Government on the shocking and worsening situation in Afghanistan. Speaking in the debate, Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Opposition, said: “20 years ago, the Taliban were largely in control of Afghanistan. Al Qaida were using the country […]