Constituency office to remain open

JCThe Batley & Spen constituency office will remain open in order to continue helping constituents until Jo Cox’s successor is elected.

The constituency staff will be responsible for winding down the office and will work under the supervision of Holly Lynch, MP for Halifax. They will also be able to provide assistance with matters that require urgent attention.

A spokesman for the office said: “No date has yet been set for the by-election but until then, Jo’s staff are very keen to do what they can to continue her good work. Jo worked very hard to help her constituents and would want them to go on getting any help they need.”

Constituents can contact the office in Batley by calling 01924 910499 or by emailing jo.cox.mp@parliament.uk

Mobile cancer support services rolls into Batley & Spen

100616 macmillan bus CROPA mobile cancer information service run by Macmillan Cancer Support rolled into Batley & Spen where they were joined by the local MP.

Just a few days after supporting Macmillian in the Parliamentary Tug of War, Jo Cox met the team to see how the service is helping local people affected by cancer.

The service visits towns, cities and workplaces around the UK offering free, confidential information and support about cancer.

Jo Cox said: “This is a great initiative by Macmillan and I am very pleased to support the important and valuable work they do. I was delighted to meet up with the team when they came to Batley & Spen and to see so many local people popping in for information and advice.”

Amanda Fry, from Macmillan, said: “There are now an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, which is an increase of almost half a million in five years. That means more people are affected by cancer in some way – patients, carers, friends and relatives.

“This service aims to help anyone with questions about cancer. People can drop in, talk to our cancer information specialists or simply pick up some booklets.  It was great to be back in Batley & Spen to provide this support, and to welcome Jo Cox on board to be able to share the work we’re doing helping people in her constituency.”

Five Macmillan mobile information units travel around the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and advice on the ground. Last year, they helped over 74,000 people in over 565 locations across the UK.

For further information about Macmillan’s service, including details of future visits, go to www.macmillan.org.uk. Support is also available by calling Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

Jo gets roped in to raise money for Macmillan

Jo Cox taking part in the Tug of War for MacmillanBatley & Spen MP Jo Cox lined up in the Parliamentary Tug of War to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity’s 30th annual Tug of War event saw a series of battles – including the eagerly anticipated House of Commons versus House of Lords, with the MPs winning their seventh straight victory.

All the money raised will help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The event was compéred by BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and saw spectators and teams enjoy an evening of fundraising festivities alongside the matches at Westminster College Gardens.

Mrs Cox was part of the team of female MPs who battled against the Macmillan ladies, but were beaten. She said: “There are 2.5million people living with cancer in the UK. The funds raised through events such as Macmillan’s Tug of War are more vital than ever before and will fund the vital practical, medical, emotional and financial support services that they offer.”

The Tug of War has raised over £3million to fund vital Macmillan services for people affected by cancer over the last 30 years.

Richard Taylor from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “The winning medals for Macmillan’s Parliamentary Tug of War were as fiercely fought over as ever before in this, its 30th year.  The night was a fantastic success with politicians from all sides of the Commons and Lords really pulling together for the benefit of people affected by cancer.

“The incredibly generous donations from the spectators alongside some good natured political heave ho will go a long way in helping Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”

For further information please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/tugofwar

Results of report on hospital trust are ‘unacceptable’ says MP

JC 171115 health questionsThe CQC has today published its report into inpatient satisfaction at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox, whose constituency is home to the hospital, said: “The results of the CQC survey of inpatients are not acceptable but are not a surprise given all the information I and others have had over the last year.

“Staff morale is rock bottom and there have been serious staff shortages. Patients have suffered from long waiting times and inadequate care.

“Staff numbers and the morale and well-being of staff is inextricably linked to patient experience and clinical outcomes. If you get the former right, the latter will follow.

“The new chief executive of the Trust, Martin Barkley, has plans in place which have workforce engagement and staff morale as a crucial ingredient.

“Alongside this, an Urgent Care Improvement Plan (UCIP) is in place to to fix the very severe operational pressures at the Trust.

“Without doubt, the reliance on extra beds to manage the pressures caused by the very high number of hospital admissions, and the difficulty in discharging people in a timely manner, is one of the root causes of low staff morale and the Trust’s inability to retain important front-line staff. The UCIP is a 41 point plan to fix that.

“It must get fixed and making sure it get fixed is my number one priority.

“I am confident that these are the correct plans and the right course for fixing the very serious issues within the Trust. These problems will not be resolved quickly but they must be resolved.

“In the last few months I have successfully pushed for both the Trust and the government to set clear metrics upon which I can track the success of these plans. From now onwards I will be following up on a month by month basis and I will be pushing hard for evidence of improvement.

“But this is not only a matter of having the right plan with the right oversight. The government needs to make sure the resources to implement these plans are available. I will continue to push them on this.”

Help compile the next Police and Crime Plan

Mark Burns-Williamson visited Batley & Spen many times during his re-election campaign

Mark Burns-Williamson (right) visited Liversedge, Birstall and Batley during his re-election campaign

Jo Cox MP is urging people in Batley & Spen to help compile West Yorkshire’s new police and crime plan.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson was re-elected in May and has launched a new consultation to find out what matters to the public, police and their partners across the county.

The priorities fed back will inform the PCC’s plan for the next five years.

As part of the consultation, which involves a survey of local priorities, Mr Burns-Williamson will also visit communities to talk directly with local people over the coming months.

The new plan will be revealed in September and will list emerging and existing priorities.

Mrs Cox said: “The new Police and Crime Plan will set the direction for policing and community safety for the next five years. It is important that local people’s voices are heard and I hope they will take some time to fill in the survey and encourage family, friends and colleagues to do the same.

“The more feedback from people the more the commissioner and the police can understand what needs to be done to ensure local people and communities are safe and feel safe.”

A web chat is planned for June when people can log on and say matters most to them. For more information and to complete the survey visit the PCC’s website by clicking here. You can also request a survey by calling 01924 294000.