Clean for the Queen: Rob picks litter with Sandford Hill Primary School pupils as part of national tidy up for Monarch's 90th birthday

ROB has put his litter-picking skills to the test as part of a national tidy up for the Monarch’s 90th birthday.

The MP took part in Clean for the Queen by helping pupils from Sandford Hill Primary School, in Clayfield Grove, Longton, bag more than half a dozen large sacks of rubbish.

World Book Day: Rob shares love of literature with primary school pupils

ROB has marked World Book Day by sharing his love of literature with pupils from Blurton Primary School.

The Stoke-on-Trent South MP addressed them during the Poplar Drive school’s morning assembly.

Conservative MPs are "heartless", says Rob, after Tories block plan to gauge impact of benefit cuts

ROB has accused Conservative MPs of “heartlessness” after they blocked plans to examine the effect of their proposed benefit cuts on disabled people.

The Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP spoke after the Tories voted to overrule the House of Lords’ demand for the Government to conduct an impact assessment into scheduled cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Ministers want to take away £30 a week – £1,500 a year – from new disabled ESA claimants who may be capable of work in future, despite research suggesting the benefit’s low level is already failing to meet claimants’ needs.

Highways England "must do whatever it takes to make the A50 safer through Stoke-on-Trent," says Rob

ROAD managers “must do whatever it takes to make the A50 safer,” says Rob.

The Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP spoke after welcoming the partial completion of £3.5 million of improvements between the Sideway and Blythe Bridge roundabouts.

'End the uncertainty and renew funding for the UK's wildlife crime agency,' says Rob

MINISTERS must “end the uncertainty and renew funding for the UK’s wildlife crime agency,” says Rob.

The Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP says unless the Government maintains support for the National Wildlife Crime Unit, the overwhelming majority of wildlife crimes will go undetected.

Rob: Health boss's damning verdict on community services means NHS chiefs must re-open beds at Longton Cottage Hospital

NHS chiefs must respond to a health chief’s damning assessment of the city’s community services by re-opening all 37 mothballed beds at Longton Cottage Hospital, Rob insists.

The Labour MP piled pressure on North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s two clinical commissioning groups after Mark Hackett, Chief Executive of Royal Stoke University Hospital, said 150 of its recovering patients could not be discharged because there was nowhere for them to go.

Mr Hackett reinforced Rob's views by indicating that the number of ‘blocked’ beds - more than double the maximum 67 planned by the trust and commissioners in the summer - partly explained why his hospital continued to miss the Government’s four-hour treatment target for A&E patients.

Rob on the new £100m M6 upgrade: "It may turn out to be a very expensive sticking plaster"

A NEW £100 million upgrade of the M6 in the West Midlands “may turn out to be a very expensive sticking plaster,” Rob has warned.

The Labour MP, a member of Parliament's Transport Select Committee, questioned the Government’s wisdom in creating the 10 miles of ‘smart’ motorway after the final stretch opened between junctions 11a (Cannock) and 13 (Stafford).

'Driver skills shortage is road haulage industry's ticking time bomb' - Rob

MARTIJN de Lange, Chief Operations Officer of Hermes Europe, couldn’t have been clearer as he summarised his company’s view of the driver skills shortage threatening the future of the road haulage industry.

“We feel it’s a bit of a ticking time bomb that’s going to hit our ability to grow as a business,” he told me and other members of Parliament’s Transport Select Committee. “It’s going to get a lot worse. We need to act now.”

NHS managers must axe £1.2 billion privatisation plan after collapse of similar scheme in East of England, says Rob

PLANS to privatise £1.2 billion of NHS services in Stoke-on-Trent must be scrapped following the collapse of a similar initiative in the East of England, Rob insists.

The Stoke-on-Trent South MP said the failure of the £750 million Cambridgeshire contract to unify hospital, mental health and community services for adults and older people left NHS managers in the Potteries with no option but to axe their own plans to sell off cancer and end of life care.

Rob: 'This Government has one rule for the poorest and most vulnerable in Stoke-on-Trent and another for Google's sharp suits in London'

ONE of my disabled constituents applies for a personal independence payment (PIP) to comply with the Government’s new welfare regulations.

Assessors appointed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) grant him care allowance but then go and withdraw the car he relies on in order to get to work.

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