Kate Hollern MP

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My Privacy Policy

I am the MP for Blackburn and Darwen. As your MP, it is important that I and my office can keep in touch with constituents about my work, take up casework on their behalf, and ask for views on local issues and wider political questions.

As a Labour MP I also have access to other information which I and my office, or volunteers working with me, will use for campaigning purposes or for communicating with Labour Party members. In respect of that information, the Labour Party is the data controller, and you should consult their privacy policy (https://labour.org.uk/privacy-policy/) for details of what information they hold, why, and how they use and process that information.

This page explains how I collect and use personal data, the legal basis for doing so and provides information about your rights in respect of your personal data for which I am the data controller.

I reserve the right to modify this policy at any time. My responsible officer for data protection can be contacted at damian.talbot@parliament.uk

Data collection and use:

My office will only collect and use personal information for the specific purpose for which it has been obtained.

I will undertake casework using personal information provided by or on behalf of a constituent. It may be necessary for me to share your information with third party organisations. I will only do this where it is necessary and reasonable to do so, and I will share only the minimum amount of personal information necessary in order to advocate on your behalf. Please see the “who I share your information with” section for further details.

When registering with this website or by completing a form or survey sent to you by my office, you may be asked for personal information. In each case, I will ask for your explicit consent to use your information, and I will only use it for the purposes for which you provide it.

I may communicate by post, email, phone or text message about my work and to give you the latest news on my campaigns and opportunities to get involved. I have a legal entitlement to the full electoral register for my constituency, which includes the full name and address of every registered elector and I may write to you in connection with my activities as an MP.

The Labour Party may contact you for campaigning purposes around election time by telephone, leaflet or email. As mentioned above, the Labour Party is the data controller for this information and you should consult their privacy policy for details of the information they hold and how they use that information. In my role as your Member of Parliament, I will only send emails, texts or contact you by telephone where you have provided explicit consent for me to do so. You may withdraw your consent or unsubscribe at any time from communications in any medium by contacting our responsible officer for data protection or by using the unsubscribe option I provide in all communications.

I will not use personal data for any automated decision making or profiling.

Who I share your information with:

When I take up casework on your behalf, it may be necessary for me to share the details you provide with government departments, local authorities and other public bodies. I will only share as much information as is necessary to take your case forward. If you have any questions or concerns about how information you provide as part of a casework request is used, please contact my responsible officer for data protection for more information.

Other than in the circumstances above, I will not share personal information with other organisations without your explicit consent.

In order to communicate with you about my work as the MP for the Newcastle upon Tyne East Constituency, it may be necessary for me to transfer personal information to countries or jurisdictions outside the EU. In each case, I will take steps to ensure that the suppliers I use comply with the General Data Protection Regulation or are subject to the Privacy Shield scheme agreed between the European Union and the United States. This would be a very exceptional circumstance that I would only consider if it was essential to the progress of a constituent’s case.

Retention of personal data:

Information relating to casework will be retained for seven years in the event that you contact me again for help or there are further developments in your case. In exceptional circumstances, where it is deemed necessary, this period may be extended. All other information prior to 2011 has been deleted.

You can at any time ask me to delete any personal information I may have on you and I will, of course, comply.

If you have consented to receive information about my work, I will only retain your personal information so long as I am the MP for the Newcastle upon Tyne East Constituency, or you ask not to be contacted further.

I will regularly review the personal information I hold to ensure that its use is necessary and proportionate.

IP Addresses and Cookies

This site does not automatically capture or store personal information, other than logging the user’s IP Address or the location of your computer or network on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. I also use IP addresses in the aggregate to track which pages people visit in order to improve the quality of the site.

A cookie is a tiny text file that is stored on your computer. Cookies may be used in order to tailor your experience on this site according to the preferences you have specified. Cookies on this website do not contain personally identifiable information, other than your IP address, which itself is only very rarely enough to identify you as an individual. In the rare opportunities that it is possible to do so, I will never use this information to identify you as an individual.

Links to other websites:

This website contains links to other websites. I am not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these websites.

Your rights:

You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information and the opportunity to choose how it is used. You can:

  • Obtain copies of the personal information I hold about you (known as a “subject access request”)
    • Request that I correct or update any personal information held about you
    • Ask that we erase or restrict the way in which I use your information
    • Request that personal information you have given your consent for me to use is provided in an electronic format so it can be transferred to another data controller (also known as “data portability”)

You may opt out of receiving further communications from me in any medium at any time. All requests to unsubscribe are dealt with promptly, and in all cases within a week.

If you wish to exercise your rights in respect of your personal data or have any concerns about how your data is used, please contact my responsible officer for data protection:

Damian Talbot
c/o Kate Hollern MP
House of Commons

Tel: 0207 219 8692

Alternatively, you have right to raise any issues or concerns directly with the Information Commissioner’s Office

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After the summer recess, MPs returned to Parliament this week. It’s been a summer remarkable for speculation over the future of the Prime Minister and the energetic campaigning of the Labour Party. As a result of the summer’s events, a Labour government is now a matter of when, not if

On Wednesday, the Royal College of Nursing and UNISON demonstrated outside Parliament as part of their #scrapthecap campaign. Nurses have been hit hard by the government’s austerity 1% pay cap on public sector workers policy. It affects staff retention and drives nurses into hardship; some being forced to use foodbanks. I was delighted to see so many Labour colleagues supporting the nurses and I look forward to the next Labour government ending the policy.  This policy, in addition to the loss of bursaries is resulting in a major struggle to recruit new nurses; and with retirements we are now seeing a shortfall of 4000.

I was glad to see Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, raise the issue of the McDonald’s strike. These are workers who have to live with insecurity and low pay. They are striking for a fair wage, secure jobs and a right to union representation. These are not unrealistic or unreasonable demands. They are simple demands from workers for a better working conditions. Unfortunately, Theresa May chose to lay the blame, bizarrely, at the feet of the last Labour government. The Tories have been in power for 7 years. She needs new excuses and clearly does not care about the workers at McDonald’s and their struggle for fairer treatment.

 As you will see from the picture above, I was delighted to show my support for Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink campaign day which will take place on the 20th of October. Over 50,000 women each year are diagnosed with Breast Cancer every year in the UK. It’s a really important cause and if you would like to take part, head to wearitpink.org to find out more.

As has been widely publicised, many constituents contacted me expressing their anger and outrage at the violence toward the Rohingya in Myanmar, which is worsening by the day. Reports that are emerging are truly disturbing and extremely worrying. I wrote to Boris Johnson to express my hope that he will contact his counterparts in Myanmar and ask them to fulfil their moral and ethical obligations. No country should repress its own citizens, and the reports emerging from Rakhine state raise concerns of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The international community must be absolutely vocal in its condemnation of these events.

Finally, I have recently joined the APPG on Oral Hormone Pregnancy Tests. It is believed that 1.5 Million women took the drug Primodos. Primodos was first introduced into Britain in 1959 by Schering, and withdrawn from sale in 1978. From 1975, the product carried warnings. As early as 1967, articles appeared in journals positing a relationship between HPTs and certain forms of birth defects.

Campaigners want a full inquiry into both Schelling and the Committee on Safety and Drugs (est. 1963, then becoming the Committee on Safety of Medicines and then the Commission on Human Medicines). I’m glad to add my voice to that of other MPs in supporting those affected by Primodos in their fight for a full inquiry.

Are you a constituent experiencing difficulty or do you have a cause you wish to raise? You can email kate.hollern.mp@parliament.uk, call 0125452317 or write to Kate Hollern MP, Richmond Chambers, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, BB1 7AS

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