Jim Cunningham

Labour Party Candidate for Coventry South

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September_2014_022.jpegPrime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election, due to be held on June 8th. 

Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South said: “The Prime Minister’s decision to hold an early General Election is one more example on a long list of Tory broken promises and u-turns. However, I welcome the General Election to be held on June 8th. This election will give the Labour Party the opportunity to offer the country an alternative to the current Tory Government. The Labour Party is committed to standing up for people. The NHS and our social care system are in a crisis, schools are dramatically underfunded, and increasing numbers of people are in a precarious position, employed on zero-hours contracts.I have seen first-hand how the Tory policies of austerity have affected the people of Coventry South, and a Labour Government offers the opportunity for real change. I will be fighting hard against the Tories in Coventry South. Some of the main issues I will be campaigning on are to protect our NHS from the crippling cuts imposed by this Tory Government, protecting the vital Greenbelt land in Coventry, but most importantly, I want to protect local services, jobs and businesses during Brexit, now, more than ever before, we must come together to avoid the immeasurably damaging ‘hard Brexit’, proposed by Theresa May’s Government”Join Jim's campaign today by clicking here.

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Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election, due to be held on June 8th.  Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South said: “The Prime Minister’s decision to hold an early...

IMG_0398.jpegJim Cunningham MP has raised his concerns in Parliament, and has met with Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department of Education, about the cuts to school funding which is likely to Coventry harder than other areas across the country.

 

The Conservative Government is changing the school funding formula that will decrease the amount of funding that is available to schools. This is leaving Coventry with total cuts of £29 million by 2019.

 

This is likely to affect many Coventry schools. Sidney Stringer as an example faces a total cut of just over £1.6 million by 2020. This equates to the loss of 46 teachers. Ernesford Grange is also facing a cut of over £485,000 pounds which equals a loss of funding of £936 per pupil.

 

The Conservatives new funding plans will also have an effect on primary schools with schools such as Willenhall Community Primary School losing more than £258,000 which is likely to mean a loss of 8 teachers and Whitley Abbey Primary School loosing over £135,000. This would be a reduction of £553 per pupil.

 

Jim Cunningham MP said;

 

“Coventry schools are facing a £29 million pound budget cut. This is likely to have a severe strain on the school budgets that are already facing huge pressures following years of austerity.

 

“The conservatives promised to protect school funding. The huge cuts that Coventry schools are now facing means an election promise is being broken. Coventry pupils and families deserve better. I will continue to campaign to ensure our schools are protected.”

 

Mr. Cunningham MP is also arranging to visit a number of local schools and discuss the effects of the cuts with the head teachers.

Jim Cunningham MP fights for local school funding

Jim Cunningham MP has raised his concerns in Parliament, and has met with Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department of Education, about the cuts to school funding which...

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On Monday 20th March, Jim Cunningham attended a cross-party reception in Parliament to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally ill workers.

 

Dying to Work was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

 

Labour MP for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham said: “It is shocking to think that if people with terminal illnesses are dismissed or forced out of their jobs that their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that the employee has planned for and earned through a life-time of hard work.” “That is why I am proud to support this campaign and I hope something will soon be done to ensure that individuals with terminal illness will receive the protection and support they deserve.”

 

Speakers at the event included Lee Barron Midland Regional Secretary of the TUC; Crossbench peer, Baroness Ilora Finlay, who chairs the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and Dan Meredith, Head of Public Affairs for E.On who spoke about why E.On had been the first company to sign the TUC ‘Dying to Work’ voluntary charter to provide support to their employees and the campaign.

 

Since its launch in April 2016, The TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter now protects over 300,000 employees with companies such as Legal and General, Santander, Co-Op, Carillion and Serco joining E.On and signing up along with a number of public sector bodies including NHS trusts and many local authorities.

 

Jim Cunningham continued: “In addition to supporting the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign in Parliament, I will be encouraging businesses in my constituency to sign up to the TUC’s voluntary charter.”

 

 

The campaign has also been endorsed by a number of trade unions and charities, including The National Council for Palliative Care, Hospice UK, Breast Cancer Care and Second Hope.

 

TUC Deputy General Secretary Paul Nowak said: "Serious illness is tough enough without having to put up with extra hassle at work. Everyone can surely agree that terminally-ill workers deserve protection.

"That's why unions, MPs, employers and charities are coming together to ensure that workers get the support and protections they need when times are toughest."

 

This broad support was demonstrated in a recent Survation poll of over a thousand people which found that 79% of respondents support a ‘protected period’ for terminally ill workers where they could not be dismissed as a result of their condition with only 3% opposing it.

 

 

 

 

Jim Cunningham backs the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign to protect terminally ill workers

  On Monday 20th March, Jim Cunningham attended a cross-party reception in Parliament to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide...


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