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This week in Parliament, Kate has been representing Blackburn in Parliament, championing constituents inside and outside of the debate chamber. Events in Westminster have been in the headlines, and Kate and the Labour Party have been standing up for ordinary people.

For the entire election campaign, Theresa May demanded a mandate based on herself. She’s been denied that mandate entirely. Without the numbers to guarantee it, her Queen’s speech may not even last the week.

Quite a turnaround since last month. She may have imagined that Wednesday would be the coronation of Empress May. Instead, she forced an unnecessary election on the country to find out that, under scrutiny, her ideas and her persona were not what the country wanted.

She thought she would be welcoming back a horde of new Conservative MPs. Instead, she has been greeted by a restive and shell-shocked Conservative party that is appalled at her manifest failures as a leader but too scared to face the electorate again.

As Jeremy Corbyn observed, the proposals brought forward in the Queen’s speech would be a thin programme for a government for one year. For a two year programme, it is simply laughable.

It’s also nothing like her manifesto. Every Labour voter has played a part in forcing the Tories to ditch grammar schools, fox hunting and the dementia tax. However, we must be vigilant and make sure the Tories don’t try and sneak these policies in the back door.

The Tories have no answers to the challenges ahead. For years they have put party before country. This is a government with a very short shelf life. I and my colleagues from the Labour Party will scrutinise each and every proposal, and will do our best to bring about another election so our brilliant manifesto can be put into practice.

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

Week in review 19th to 23rd of June

This week in Parliament, Kate has been representing Blackburn in Parliament, championing constituents inside and outside of the debate chamber. Events in Westminster have been in the headlines, and Kate...

This website was created whilst I was the elected MP for Blackburn.

 

As of 1 minute past midnight on Wednesday the 3rd of May, Parliament will officially be dissolved and I will cease to be an MP. I am standing again, but from that time I will not be an MP - I will be a candidate in the upcoming election.

 

This website will continue to function during the election campaign in Blackburn, however it will not be updated.

 

Dissolution statement

This website was created whilst I was the elected MP for Blackburn.   As of 1 minute past midnight on Wednesday the 3rd of May, Parliament will officially be dissolved...

This week in Parliament, Kate has been representing Blackburn in Parliament, championing constituents inside and outside of the debate chamber. Events in Westminster have been in the headlines, and Kate and the Labour Party have been standing up for ordinary people.

After the Easter recess, Parliament was getting ready for the expected programme of legislation and debates. I was looking forward to holding the government to account, both as your MP and in my role as a shadow minister.

A lot has been written about the reasons for calling this election, and I voted for the motion to allow it. I look forward to standing on my record in Parliament and advocating for policies that will benefit everyone in Blackburn and in Britain.

However I do not believe it is an election we needed. MPs are elected to serve their constituents, to scrutinise legislation and to represent them. Less than two years after the last general election, the Tories have decided to force the country to go the polls again. It is an irresponsible move, driven by purely political calculations, and aimed to cynically divide the country and communities.

I was able to ask a question in the House on Thursday – I asked the Chancellor about the so-called fairer funding formula. Schools in Blackburn are forecast to lose huge amounts of money, some over £800 per pupil. You can look up individual schools here http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/

You can watch the exchange here: https://goo.gl/S94YmL

Once Parliament is dissolved, I will no longer be releasing these weekly updates as I will be out campaigning for every vote.

Are you a constituent experiencing difficulty or do you have a cause you wish to raise? You can email kate.hollern@parliament.uk, call 01254690120 or write to Kate Hollern, Richmond Chambers, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, BB1 7AS

Week in review April 17th - 21st

This week in Parliament, Kate has been representing Blackburn in Parliament, championing constituents inside and outside of the debate chamber. Events in Westminster have been in the headlines, and Kate...


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