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.”

 

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... Read more

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Coventry South’s Member of Parliament was honoured to present an award for a team working to support people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in Coventry. For their dedication to providing treatment to sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease the Coventry Integrated MND Team were presented with the Extra Mile Award. This award is given by the MND Association recognises the outstanding support and care that Health and Social Care Professionals are providing people affected by MND. 

MP Celebrates the Success of Motor Neurone Disease Team

    Coventry South’s Member of Parliament was honoured to present an award for a team working to support people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in Coventry. For their dedication... Read more

Jim recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on RaW1251AM, the student radio station at Warwick University.  Jim talked about a range of topics including student issues, Brexit, and the Scottish Independence Referendum.

 

You can listen to the interview at the link below.

Jim on Student Radio

Jim recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on RaW1251AM, the student radio station at Warwick University.  Jim talked about a range of topics including student issues, Brexit, and the Scottish... Read more

 

Coventry South’s MP Jim Cunningham has continued his fight for local government to get fairer funding from central government.  

Speaking in a debate about local government funding, Jim highlighted the scale and depth of the issues faced because of the governments brutal cuts to grants. Jim noted that by 2021 there will be deficit of £33 million across councils in Coventry and Warwickshire. As Jim acknowledged: “Between 2010 and 2020, Coventry’s Government grants will have been cut by 50%. The Government are shifting responsibility for grants on to local authorities.”

Jim also highlighted the way in which this move could have a disastarous impact on small businesses. Noting that “on average, small businesses with fewer than 10 employees could face an increase in rates of around £17,000 a year. Now, that is a lot of money and it could put many small businesses, shops in particular, out of business.”

Speaking after the debate, Jim said,                

“In Coventry the Council has seen its funding cut by £507 per head, the schools budget is £568 lower per pupil and the police has seen its funding cut by 23%.

“By 2020 this Conservative Government will have effectively taken £655 million in funding from Coventry City Council. They claim that this deficit can be patched up with increased business rates. However I believe that will only end up putting unnecessary strain and pressure on small business owners in Coventry.

“When a service is reduced in our city the blame lies firmly at the door of this Conservative Government. They claim to provide billions more in funding but the reality is, they give with one hand and then take twice as much with the other.”

Coventry MP continues the fight for fairer local funding

  Coventry South’s MP Jim Cunningham has continued his fight for local government to get fairer funding from central government.   Speaking in a debate about local government funding, Jim...

December_2013_021.jpegCoventry South’s Member of Parliament has asked the Government to reconsider its proposal to sell student debt to the private sector. In a move that effectively privatises the student loans system, Jim Cunningham MP has questioned the proposed deal saying it puts tax payers and students at risk.

Jim Cunningham MP, who has two Universities in his constituency said;

“This is a surprising move from the Government. The last time they sold off some student debt, they later admitted it was bad for the taxpayer. Why would they want to do that again?

I think students have a right to know the terms of the loan they take out with the Government when they go to university will always remain the same throughout the period of the loan. Opening up the system to the private market removes some of the certainty we should be providing to our young people.

I’ve written to the Government to express my concern about this issue as well as tabling an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which is picking up support from other Members of Parliament.” 

Jim Cunningham MP questions student loan sell off

Coventry South’s Member of Parliament has asked the Government to reconsider its proposal to sell student debt to the private sector. In a move that effectively privatises the student loans...

EndChildPoverty.jpgUnder the Tories the UK is set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. 3.9 million children currently live in poverty. That is 28% of children or 9 in a classroom of 30.

In Coventry South there are 6,349 children living in poverty. That represents 30% of all the children living in the constituency.

In 1999, Labour set an ambitious target to halve child poverty by 2010, and to eliminate child poverty by 2020.

In 2015, the Tories scrapped children poverty targets, brought in by the last Labour government, meaning they have no legal duty to tackle the number of children in poverty.

Jarvis MP is putting forward a private members bill to establish a target for the reduction of child poverty in the United Kingdom.

 The bill will require the government to set a child poverty target and a strategy for meeting it.

 Jim Cunningham, the Member of Parliament for Coventry South said:

“No child in Britain should have to grow up in poverty. For those children who do, poverty represents a real barrier to them reaching their potential. 

 “In Coventry South there are 6,349 children living in poverty.

“They are more likely to fall behind in school, less likely to secure a job, and more likely to suffer from illness.

“In Government, Labour made a positive difference for so many. By 2010 over one million children had been lifted out of poverty. As an MP I saw the real change that this made for so many children and families in Coventry South.

“Yet as a result of Conservative government policy all this good work is being undone. The UK is set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation.

 “This is unacceptable. We need to give every child the opportunity of the best start in life.

 “Dan Jarvis’s Child Poverty Bill is about putting children first.

 “Through establishing a target to reduce child poverty, we are making a clear statement that can drive change across government”

Jim Cunningham MP slams child poverty figures

Under the Tories the UK is set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. 3.9 million children currently live in poverty. That is 28% of children or...

Opening_Cambridge_Weight_Centre.jpgJim Cunningham MP was happy to cut the ribbon and officially open the Cambridge Weight Plan Centre in Cannon Park Coventry on Saturday 30th January. Providing bespoke one to one support, the Cambridge Weight Plan has already helped many Coventry residents to lose weight and make positive changes to their diet and overall lifestyle. Focusing on nutritional advice, the Cambridge Weight Plan, aims to not only help people lose weight in the short term but also help them to maintain that weight loss in the long term.

This is a particularly pressing concern in Coventry, as over 56% of the local adult population are overweight or obese. Furthermore the effects of poor diet and the health problems caused by it, add to the strain put on our local services. Across the UK problems caused by, and related to, Obesity have been estimated to cost the NHS over £4 billion pounds annually. In Coventry reducing unhealthy behaviours is a top health priority.

Jim hopes that the new Cambridge Weight Plan Centre can play a vital role not only in helping individual Coventry residents to lose weight but also to assist the work done by the NHS.

Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant Natalie Haley said, “I am delighted to have helped many people in Coventry change their lives in this positive way, and I look forward to helping many more.”

Jim Cunningham MP said “I have been very impressed with the work done by Cambridge Weight Plan consultants like Natalie here in Coventry. Their work has helped individuals lose weight and, crucially, keep that weight off. As with other parts of the country, obesity is a significant problem here in Coventry. Hopefully this new center will not only give local people a healthier future but will help to secure the health of our local NHS”.

Local MP Welcomes Opening of Cambridge Weight Plan Centre

Jim Cunningham MP was happy to cut the ribbon and officially open the Cambridge Weight Plan Centre in Cannon Park Coventry on Saturday 30th January. Providing bespoke one to one...

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Coventry South’s voice in Parliament, Jim Cunningham has taken the fight for fairer local government funding directly to Parliament.

Jim pressed Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones to come clean on local government funding as Council’s continue to feel the pain of having to reduce services as the Government cuts its funding.

Jim told the Minister that,

“Central Government are saving money as a result of shifting the resources on to local government through the abolition of grants. Equally, he is asking local government to raise certain sums of money themselves, and we will surely reach a point where local government cannot sustain that.”

Speaking after the debate, Jim said,

“In Coventry the Council has seen its funding cut by £507 per head, the schools budget is £568 lower per pupil and the police has seen its funding cut by 23%.

“It’s a real outrage that Government Ministers claim to be investing billions in local government when the reality is that they are reducing the core funding needed to provide the services we all rely on. Conservative cuts have consequences and that can be seen across the country and here in Coventry.

“When a service is reduced in our city the blame lies firmly at the door of this Conservative Government. They claim to provide billions more in funding but the reality is, they give with one hand and then take twice as much with the other.”

Coventry MP asks Government to come clean on local Government cuts

Coventry South’s voice in Parliament, Jim Cunningham has taken the fight for fairer local government funding directly to Parliament. Jim pressed Local Government Minister, Marcus Jones to come clean on...

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