Kate Hollern MP

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I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.

During the election, Jeremy's message of hope and change struck a chord with millions of people all across Britain.

Last October I was pleased to bring Jeremy to Blackburn, to meet with staff and students at Blackburn College, and to hear about the good work of people in my Constituency.

It's an honour to be part of the team around Jeremy, and I look forward to serving in a future Labour government built on the principles of our manifesto.

New role for Kate

I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.During the election, Jeremy's message of hope and change struck a chord...

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.

This week in Parliament has been dominated by the Queen’s Speech debate. Having lost her majority with her badly timed election and disastrous campaign, Theresa May finds herself on a knife edge and in thrall to the DUP and her own backbenchers.

I was pleased to vote for all of Labour’s amendments to the Queen’s Speech. These were positive motions, backing a system that works for the many, not the few and based on the key concept that austerity has failed in both Blackburn and elsewhere.

The election showed that people are sick of cuts to public services. The Tories could have accepted that. They have drawn austerity to an end in Northern Ireland, but have rejected the opportunity to do so across the country.

I was able to question government ministers twice this week, first of all to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who I asked about what the government’s industrial strategy will do to bring prosperity to areas like Blackburn, where the average wage is below national average and well below the average in the Prime Minister’s constituency.

On Wednesday, I asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland about the desperate deal done with the DUP to keep Theresa May ensconced in Downing Street for a few more months. I and many others have genuine worries about the appearance of a conflict of interest in the deal.

kate.hollern@parliament.uk, call 0125452317 or write to Kate Hollern, Richmond Chambers, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, BB1 7AS

week in review June 30th

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 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...


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