Jim Cunningham MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry South

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On the 8th March, unknown to the staff at Coventry University, the University revealed that it had registered its staff association, the Staff Consultative Group, as a union and signed a recognition agreement with it. CU Group board meeting minutes from March 2016 show that the Group considered this as a way of preventing unions from applying for recognition.

A petition has been started calling for the University to derecognise their company union and recognise University College Union (UCU), gaining 9,502 signatures at the time of writing this.

Commenting, Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South said: 

“I have written to the Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, Professor John Latham, raising my concerns about the actions of Coventry University Group (CUG) in relation to staff representation and trade union recognition, pointing out the need to review this decision. The approach taken shows a worrying disregard for the wishes of CUG staff and their right to meaningful collective bargaining on the issues of concern.”

“I believe, as The Labour Party always has, that strong trade union representation is tremendously important. I am proud of the link between trade unions and the Labour Party. I have urged the University to change its course, reconsider this approach and agree to an appropriate recognition agreement with the University and College Union (UCU) in accordance with the wishes of staff.”

Coventry University and Trade Union Dispute

  On the 8th March, unknown to the staff at Coventry University, the University revealed that it had registered its staff association, the Staff Consultative Group, as a union and signed...

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Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Jim Cunningham MP

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

Job Details

Jim Cunningham, Member of Parliament for Coventry South, is looking for a Parliamentary Assistant to support his work in Parliament. The successful applicant must be able to work to tight deadlines and manage a challenging workload, both independently and working closely with the constituency office. 

The role will include:

Analysing, evaluating and interpreting data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues;

Providing research briefings for Parliamentary debates and key policy issues

Drafting Parliamentary questions and correspondence

Supporting Mr Cunningham in his Parliamentary duties, including with bills, Early Day, Motions, and speeches

Providing generalist admin support;

Managing and monitoring all communications to the Westminster Office

Maintaining a strong link between Westminster and the Constituency Office

Undertaking specific policy casework as appropriate

We are looking for someone who;

Is a disciplined self-starter with the ability to work unsupervised and to manage and prioritise a challenging workload

Has an awareness and understanding of current political issues

Has excellent verbal and written communication skills

Understands the role and needs of an MP’s office

Closing Date: 16 March 2018

Interview/Start Dates

The closing date is Friday 16th March but may be brought forward if a suitable applicant is found before this date.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 20th March in London.

Application Details

Please send your C.V and a covering letter to Adam Farrell, Office Manager at the following email address - adam.farrell@parliament.uk

 

Website: http://www.jimcunningham.org.uk

Join my team - Parliamentary Assistant Vacancy

Closing Date: 16 March 2018 Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant Working For: Jim Cunningham MP Location: London Salary: In line with IPSA payscales Job Details Jim Cunningham, Member of Parliament for...

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"Due to the weather, my three constituency surgeries are cancelled this evening. Apologies for any inconvenience but the safety ofmy staff and constituents must come first. Anyone who needs advice/ support can email me - jim.cunningham.mp@parliament.uk"

 

Constituency Surgeries Cancelled Tonight

"Due to the weather, my three constituency surgeries are cancelled this evening. Apologies for any inconvenience but the safety ofmy staff and constituents must come first. Anyone who needs advice/...

jcorg.jpgCoventry South MP, Jim Cunningham, welcomed the decision taken today in Parliament to change organ donation laws.

Following a two year campaign by the Daily Mirror, MPs today voted to change the law to make 'opt out' organ donation. 

Jim, pictured left with former Manchester United star Andy Coles

Jim Cunningham MP Welcomes Changes to Organ Donation Law

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Jim Cunningham MP has joined Western Power Distribution (WPD) Chief Executive Robert Symons in calling on people in Coventry South to seek support if they are struggling with their energy bills.

At a meeting at the House of Commons on Wednesday (January 24), they also discussed the importance of building a smart energy system that will help to ensure energy affordability for the future.

WPD operates an extensive support programme for customers in Coventry South who are unable to afford their energy and/or to keep their home adequately heated. It works with a range of partners including the Centre for Sustainable Energy, the Energy Saving Trust, and Citizens’ Advice across their regions, offering a variety of support services including:

– Income maximisation (e.g. managing debts)

– Tariff advice

– Energy efficiency measures

– Boiler replacements and heating technologies

– Behavioural changes (e.g. how best to operate your heating system)

– Health and wellbeing measures

This year WPD has helped 15,000 customers to save £3.5million a year — that’s an average saving per customer of £233.

The company is also investing in a host of new technologies, systems and skills to create the smart network of the future, including leading the world’s largest electric vehicle use trial.

It also provides a priority service for vulnerable customers when there are power cuts.

WPD’s register supports people who may be particularly vulnerable during a power cut, such as those medically dependent on electricity, those who have a particular communication need or who may just find a power cut particularly difficult such as the elderly or disabled.

To sign up for priority assistance, customers can call WPD on 0800 917 79 53. The service is free and confidential. During a power cut, they should call 105 or 0800 6783 105.

Jim Cunningham MP said:

“I was delighted to meet with Western Power Distribution and to hear about the important work it is doing in Coventry South to keep the lights on and to ensure those customers who need it get help with their energy bill and in the event of a power cut. I am calling on all residents of Coventry South to call 0800 917 79 53 if they believe they would be vulnerable if the power went off.”

“I also discussed WPD’s investment to create a smart network for residents of Coventry South. As the country’s energy use and mix changes, our networks are being asked to do more to take the load. It was great to hear how WPD is developing new skills and innovations to adapt for the future, keep costs down and give consumers greater control.”

Robert Symons, Western Power Distribution Chief Executive said:

“We were delighted to meet with Jim Cunningham MP to discuss our role of keeping the lights on and supporting our customers in Coventry South. Since 2002 we have cut the likelihood of power cuts occurring by nearly 40%. However, we cannot eliminate the chances of power cuts completely, so it is vital that we know who our most vulnerable customers are so we can support them first. We also take our role very seriously in helping to find solutions for those people who are struggling with their energy bill.

“WPD is also rising to the challenge of creating a smart network that works for everyone. We are investing £7.1 billion between 2015 and 2023 to improve network resilience, connect new homes, businesses and generation, and to roll out new innovations. We also have a fully costed £125 million plan to convert the existing network to a smart grid, becoming a ‘Distribution System Operator’, at no extra cost to customers.”

Jim Cunningham MP calls on residents of Coventry South to check what they can do to reduce their energy bills

Jim Cunningham MP has joined Western Power Distribution (WPD) Chief Executive Robert Symons in calling on people in Coventry South to seek support if they are struggling with their energy...

I want to wish all my constituents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. y1rxuGNA_400x400.jpg

My office will be closing for Christmas on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. If you need emergency assistance during this period please contact jim.cunningham.mp@parliament.uk 

But please be aware that many agencies and departments close down over the Christmas period so please only get in touch if you are suffering a genuine emergency. 

Please also be aware that emergency issues relating to Council services are best directed to your local Councillors but if you are unable to do this then please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Christmas Opening Hours

I want to wish all my constituents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  My office will be closing for Christmas on Friday 22nd December and will re-open...

Jim_Cunningham_MP.jpgThe MP for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham has told the House of Commons that the Government's recent budget is “from a Government that has run out of ideas and is lacking in imagination.”

Jim Cunningham said;

“The reality is that there was nothing in this budget that will help ordinary working people. Under seven years of a Tory Government, we have seen wages fall, the inequality gap grow and now we see public and private investment falling as consumer and business confidence in the UK is shaky at best.

“This is a budget that does almost nothing for ordinary hard working people in Coventry South. It failed on housing, because developers are still in control, it failed on income deciding to keep low pay for thousands of my constituents and it failed on Brexit, offering to pay more to the EU but failing to set out what our future relationship will be.

“This is a Government no longer fit to govern. The sooner they give it up and admit it’s been a bad job, the better. Coventry can’t stand much longer of this Tory Government.”

 

Coventry South’s Labour MP, Jim Cunningham slams a budget that fails Coventry

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Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham, has written to Culture Minister, John Glen MP, asking him to bring the City of Culture title to the Midlands and to name Coventry as UK City of Culture 2021.

In a joint letter, signed by Jim, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and a host of other local and regional MPs, Jim Cunningham MP says “The Midlands has never hosted the UK City of Culture or the European City of Culture and we believe that now the time is right.”

The letter goes on to say that the MPs and new Mayor believe that Coventry’s bid is a unique opportunity because it:

  • Delivers an ambitious £40 million programme of cultural activity, from the RSC at Coventry Cathedral to digital art commissions projected on the city’s iconic architecture and the first UK Streets of Culture project
  • Brings together the diverse communities of the West Midlands, the youngest and most diverse city of all the candidates, with hundreds of planned community activities.
  • Will generate a huge cultural legacy, encouraging a new generation of cultural audiences and participants and showcasing the revival of a city that was once the capital of England.
  • Draws support from Coventry and wider West Midlands region: the private and public sectors working together, led by the cultural sector, with funding secured from over 110 local businesses and philanthropists.

Culture Minister, John Glen MP, is set to decide which city will be the UK’s next City of Culture on Thursday this week (7th December). Coventry is through to the final round of the competition with Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea.

Commenting on the letter and his support for Coventry’s bid, Jim Cunningham MP said:

 “The time is right for the Midlands to host the next UK City of Culture.

“A win for Coventry would be a win for the whole of the region, and would bring millions to the local economy and help to put the Midlands well and truly on the map.”

“Hull has had a great year this year as city of culture, Londonderry was the last city to host City of Culture, and both Glasgow and Liverpool have reaped the rewards from their Capital of Culture titles. But, the Midlands has never won before. Now is our time!

“I’m proud to be backing Coventry as the UK’s next City of Culture. Our city is great, now its time to make it official by crowing us City of Culture.”

Jim Cunningham MP tells Minister to bring City of Culture to the Midlands

Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham, has written to Culture Minister, John Glen MP, asking him to bring the City of Culture title to the Midlands and to name Coventry as UK...

Jim_Offical_Photo_Small.jpgJim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has taken the fight to protect Greenbelt in Coventry.

Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, Jim Cunningham MP said, Although we have consistently heard this (Conservative) Government say that they want to protect Greenbelt land for future generations, Government policy means Coventry City Council’s hands are tied, and they must develop on this land.

“There is an argument that Coventry City Council have used an incorrect formula, or have got the number of houses that needs to be built wrong, but if this were the case, the Government would not have approved this plan. Unless the Government is going around approving Local Plans that are indeed incorrect, in which case we have a very serious issue of a Government that is not fit to govern.

“We have a situation where developers are currently sitting on hundreds of thousands of plots with planning permission, the big four developers accounting for over 75% of those. I believe it is far more important to get developers building on sites they have permission for, rather than allocating yet more land to developers.”

Speaking after the debate Jim said,

“This Government are to blame for the loss of green belt in this city. They might try to pass blame onto the Council but the reality is, this is Government policy being forced on our city. It’s time we got a grip of the housing crisis in this country. Granting developers more planning permissions in the vain and misguided hope that this will mean the market reduces prices is frankly a huge gamble with housing for future generations.”

Coventry MP takes greenbelt fight to Westminster

Jim Cunningham, Coventry South’s representative in Westminster has taken the fight to protect Greenbelt in Coventry. Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, Jim Cunningham MP said, “Although we have consistently...

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Coventry South MP Jim Cunningham has called on the Government to lift the cap on housing benefits. Alongside 30 homeless charities including Shelter, faith leaders, MPs, and housing sector organisations, Jim has called for the government to abandon the freeze on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) in order for low-income families to avoid homelessness.

LHA is the support that low-income families receive for private rented homes and it helps around 1.2 million households to keep a roof over their head. Since 2011, Conservative led governments have seen the amount of money people can access for housing costs decrease. Meanwhile whilst rents have continued to rise.

Coventry MP Calls for an end to the Housing Allowance freeze

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