March 2014

Services in Stoke-on-Trent are being axed because the Government has inflicted "massive cuts" on the city council's finances, Rob tells Parliament

SERVICES in Stoke-on-Trent are being axed because the Government has inflicted “massive cuts” on the city council’s finances, Rob has told Parliament.

The MP highlighted the squeeze on the authority’s resources during a withering attack on Chancellor George Osborne’s 2014 Budget.

"The Government must proceed with caution through the minefield of pensions reform," says Rob

ROB has urged the Government to “proceed with the utmost caution through the minefield of pensions reform”.

The Labour MP spoke hours after George Osborne used this week’s Budget to announce the biggest shake-up of the industry for decades.

George Osborne's 2014 Budget "offered a feast for the rich but famine for the poor," says Rob

GEORGE Osborne’s 2014 Budget “offered a feast for the rich but famine for the poor,” says Rob.

The Labour MP blasted the Chancellor for pledging more tax cuts for millionaires while ignoring the plight of low and middle-income earners struggling to cope with the cost of living crisis.

Digging deep to gain a better understanding of the needs of business

ROB has gone underground beneath the streets of east London to gain a first-hand insight into a massive £120 million infrastructure project.

He visited engineering firm Carillion’s Canal Tunnels, a central plank of the Thameslink rail project, as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) Fellowship on the infrastructure, logistics and transport sectors.

Rob presents petition to Number 10 calling for a 3p per litre cut in fuel duty in next week's Budget

ROB has presented a petition to 10 Downing Street calling on the Government to cut fuel duty by 3p per litre in next week’s Budget.

He handed over the petition, organised by Fair Fuel UK and backed by millions of drivers, with the campaign’s lead spokesman, motoring journalist Quentin Willson, and one of its main supporters, Road Haulage Association chief executive Geoff Dunning.

Rob demands action after shocking new figures show £132 million was staked on high-speed, high stakes gambling machines in Stoke-on-Trent last year

A STAGGERING £132 million was staked on high-speed, high stakes gambling machines in Stoke-on-Trent last year, according to a new report which has prompted Rob to demand urgent action.

Collated by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, the estimated figures show the money, almost £25 million of it cash, was gambled on 118 fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), with more than 8,100 punters losing almost £4.7 million, or an average of £577 each.

The players’ gambling contributed towards the 55 poorest areas of the country staking £13 billion and losing £470 million on the machines – double the total staked and lost in the richest 115 districts during the same period.

Rob: "If we don't act now, obesity will overcome the NHS"

"OBESITY will become a £50 billion a year problem within 30 years – and in the meantime, it could bankrupt the NHS.

Just look at the growing problem – a quarter of adults (26% of both men and women aged 16 or over) are obese; 'morbid' obesity is the UK's fastest growing weight category; and we have one million more diabetics (together with all their health issues, and dramatic treatment costs) than we did just seven years ago.