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Picture1.pngJim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has today called on the Government to scrap the public sector pay cap for NHS Workers.

Jim Cunningham MP said,

The Government’s public sector pay cap has been a disaster for the NHS. We are 10,000 GPs, 3,500 midwives and now 40,000 nurses short of the number we need.

“Today Labour are calling on the Government to scrap the cap and make sure our NHS staff get a fair days pay for the lifesaving care they provide to millions of people a week.

“The Government’s derisory offer to Police and Prison Officers yesterday just doesn’t cut it. Across the public sector we need to end austerity and ensure those people who protect us and save our lives, are paid enough money to live on so that the stories of nurses using foodbanks are a thing of the past.”

Coventry MP Calls for NHS Pay Rise

Jim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has today called on the Government to scrap the public sector pay cap for NHS Workers. Jim Cunningham MP said, “The Government’s public...

coventry_branch.jpgCoventry businesses are being called on to provide an insight as to how migrant workers are feeling after the Brexit vote last June.

Companies across the city are being asked by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to their share views on the employment situation.

The Chamber is hearing anecdotally that many migrant workers are planning to leave the country or have already left since the vote last year and this could have a significant impact on employers.

The call was sent out during the quarterly meeting of the Coventry Branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, which was held at The Welcome Centre in Parkside.

Martyne Manning, senior policy officer at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber needs the help of businesses in Coventry to find out more about what is happening with migrant workers.

“We have heard of many leaving the country or planning to leave since the Brexit vote and we want to actually gauge what is happening out there.

“It seems that the reason could be because the pound is weak or that they are worried about what will happen once we leave the European Union.

“But if this is happening, it could have a massive impact on employment within the city and the wider Coventry and Warwickshire region. So we want to assess the situation now and be prepared to advise businesses appropriately.”

Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham, attended the meeting and heard a range of issues raised by firms.

These included the lack of employment land and space for firms of all sizes and sectors and improving Coventry city centre to try to attract more visitors to the area.

Jim Cunningham said: “I always appreciate meeting the Chamber and its members as it lets me know exactly what businesses are thinking and feeling.

“It proved very interesting and the points raised are ones that seem to be arising more and more at this time.

“All of the businesses that attended the event are passionate about Coventry and making sure that it can be a thriving city.

“It is very much a case of if you go looking for doom, you will find doom. If you go looking for light, you will find light and I appreciated the fact that these members were looking at ways to boost Coventry and raise its profile, which was very encouraging.”

Businesses who would like to pass on any details about migrant workers can do so through the Chamber by emailing policy officer Martyne Manning at martynem@cw-chamber.co.uk

Jim meets with Coventry Chamber

Coventry businesses are being called on to provide an insight as to how migrant workers are feeling after the Brexit vote last June. Companies across the city are being asked...

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Despite the myth that MP’s take a long summer holiday during a Parliamentary Recess, the reality is very different. It’s been a busy few weeks in Coventry South as I use the time to catch up with local groups and organisations to hear about the work they are doing for local people across the city. 

This recess I’ve also used the time to deliver on some of the pledges I made during the General Election on schools, education, housing, policing, Brexit and the greenbelt.

A few weeks ago I met with Whitefrairs to discuss their plans to build more social housing in the city, as well as ensuring that they are doing all they can to improve the properties they have. I regularly receive correspondence from constituents who are Whitefrairs tenants about issues of anti-social behaviour and sometimes poor living conditions. I continue to speak to Whitefrairs on a regular basis about their plans. 

Building new homes does not however mean building on our green belt. I’ve been a strong and vocal opponent of Warwick District Council’s plans to build on Kings Hill and earlier this summer I joined over 100 local residents to show our opposition to the plans that would not only destroy part of our green belt but would also cause additional pressure on our roads and overstretched public services.

Education was a key part of the election campaign. I campaigned against the damaging Conservative cuts to our schools and their plans to raise tuition fees even further, putting working class kids at an even greater disadvantage when it comes to higher education. Prior to the recess I met with a number of Head Teachers and the Council to discuss how we could work together to stop these cuts to school budgets and whilst the Government has now backtracked slightly, ask any Head Teacher if they are confident the money coming from Government will cover their costs in the years to come and the answer will be a resounding no.

On Higher Education I met with Warwick University’s new Vice-Chancellor to hear about the exciting plans afoot for one of our two world class universities in the city. It’s fantastic that Coventry, a population seven years younger than the UK average is able to boast about two brilliant Universities now both in the top 12 nationally!

I was back at Warwick to welcome hundreds of young people to the Biology Olympiad where they came together to celebrate the huge achievements of this sector over the last few years. Not only were these people at Warwick University, they were in Coventry and it’s another example of how much the wider city benefits from our world class universities. 

It’s our world class universities that are key to our City of Culture 2021 bid and I was delighted to meet with the bid team earlier this month to talk about how we can work together to deliver Coventry the crown when the results are announced at the end of this year. I’m hosting a Westminster Hall debate on September 5th followed a week later by a reception in the House of Commons as we look to drum up support for this exciting venture. 

Last week I had the honour of visiting Acorns Childrens Hospice in Birmingham. It’s one of the most humbling experiences you have as an MP, visiting those in unthinkable situations but seeing the compassion shown to them by staff and volunteers. It’s the best and the worst of our world coming together. Hospice’s play a vital role in health care and what’s most shocking perhaps is they are too often reliant on fundraising rather than NHS cash. It’s something that we as a country must look at, whether it’s a hospice for adults or children, as we live longer and as medical advances occur the need for hospices will only grow.

Later this week I’m meeting with the Superintendent for Coventry and then with David Jamieson, our Police and Crime Commissioner. Fear of crime was an issue raised with me time and time again during the election campaign and although money is tight, I’m hopeful we can secure more resource for Coventry. In Parliament, I’m battling the Tories to give us the cash we need in Coventry to provide more Police on our streets. Their cuts to the Coventry Police since 2010 have been scandalous and Labour have opposed them every step of the way. 

And as we head back to London in September, the diary is already filling up with a meeting scheduled in with West Midlands Trains firs up, the new rail company who won the recent franchise bid.

As ever, my office remains open throughout the summer and you can contact us through telephone, email and the post. 

An update on Coventry issues. What I've been up to.

Despite the myth that MP’s take a long summer holiday during a Parliamentary Recess, the reality is very different. It’s been a busy few weeks in Coventry South as I use...


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