About Paula

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About Paula

Paula Sherriff is the Labour MP for Dewsbury, elected to parliament in May 2015.

Paula moved to Yorkshire as a teenager. After leaving school at the age of 18, she began working for the Police in a Victim Support role. She was proud to receive a Judge’s commendation for work she undertook supporting victims of sexual abuse. After nearly a decade in the Police Service, Paula joined the NHS, working in a front line role in Community Healthcare provision until being elected MP for Dewsbury constituency.

 

Campaigning for change

Seeing the damage that the Tory-led Government is doing to the NHS -  one of our country’s proudest achievements -  on a daily basis was a key factor in Paula’s decision to join the Labour Party. She was further motivated by seeing the impact of poverty and inequality on people’s lives and on communities and her background in public service has demonstrated how vital investment can tackle these issues.

Paula is passionate about the provision and delivery of high quality, local healthcare and is active on many local healthcare campaigns including the ‘Save Dewsbury Hospital’ and ‘Hands Off HRI’ campaigns. Paula is particularly concerned about the increasing privatisation of NHS services and has campaigned locally and nationally for a fully renationalised NHS.

In March 2016, after a long fought campaign, the announcement was made that the tampon tax would finally be scrapped. Paula became the first backbench MP in Parliamentary history to have had an amendment to a Budget resolution successfully adopted. Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Labour Party commended her work on the issue.

As Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, Paula works with the Shadow Secretary of State Sarah Champion on issues of pay inequality, violence against women and girls, maternity, disability and LGBT discrimination and the erosion of equality and human rights.

 

A real voice for local people

Paula is committed to representing constituents, and giving them a strong voice both in Westminster and in the local area – she is a strong opponent of MPs having second jobs and, as your Labour MP, Paula is 100% dedicated to working for the people of Dewsbury, Mirfield, Kirkburton and Denby Dale. Paula has pledged that she will not take any other employment or directorship as your elected MP.

Where I stand

National Issues

The Economy

We will build an economy for the many, not just the few

Make sure everyone who works can afford to live.

We will raise the minimum wage and give tax breaks to companies that sign up to pay a living wage. We will cut income tax for 24 million people by bringing back the 10p income tax rate. Making sure all work pays a decent wage will make our economy stronger.

Back our entrepreneurs and small businesses.

We will make it easier to start and grow businesses. We’ll create a British investment bank that will lend money to new and growing businesses. We'll support small businesses by cutting business rates for 1.5 million small firms and freezing their energy bills.

Balance the books, doing it in a fairer way.

We will reverse David Cameron’s tax cut for millionaires and cut spending where it is sensible to do so. We will cap welfare spending, tackling the root causes of social security spending, including by getting more people into work, making work pay and getting more homes built.

The NHS

Labour saved the NHS in 1997 we can do it again

Stop the creeping privatisation of the NHS.

We will scrap the Health and Social Care Act and make sure the NHS is driven by patients' needs, not profit. Hospitals shouldn’t be spending money on competition lawyers instead of nurses.

We will repeal David Cameron’s Health and Social Care Act.

Putting right the worst of the changes the Tories have made. We’ll ensure that the Secretary of State has a duty to guarantee a national service free at the point of use; we’ll remove enforced competition; we’ll ensure private patients aren’t put before NHS patients; and we’ll tackle conflicts of interest.

We will integrate health and social care services into a system of “whole-person care”

Bringing together three separate, fragmented services into a single service coordinating all of a person’s needs – physical, mental and social – with preventing illness and promoting good health at its heart.

We will guarantee that you can get a GP appointment within 48 hours – and on the same day for those who need it.

Education

Labour will not preside over a lost generation

We will transform vocational education in our schools and colleges.

With a new gold standard Technical Baccalaureate for 16 to 19-year-olds, with rigorous vocational qualifications, accredited by employers, a high quality work placement and English and maths to 18.

We will act to support those in Higher Education by cutting tuition fees to £6,000 a year.

The Liberal Democrat betrayal of students has meant that the next generation are being saddled with more and more debt. Labour will act to cap fees at £6,000 and look implementing a fairer more cost effective system of funding Higher Education. 

Local Issues

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

 

I will fight against the closure of HRI Accident & Emergency Unit

I am totally opposed to the proposals to close the A&E department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.  This, along with the proposal to downgrade the A&E department at Dewsbury and District Hospital, will leave the population of Kirklees without full emergency care facilities and that is simply unacceptable.

I will be meeting with North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield CCGs to discuss these issues and to ask that these proposals are reconsidered.  I have also had a meeting with all the MPs whose constituencies will be affected by these proposals and we are looking at a joint campaign to lobby the government to step in and take action on this issue. 

I will not be lying down on this issue and I will use every route possible to put a stop to these ill thought out and, quite frankly, dangerous plans.

 

Dewsbury & District Hospital

 

Dewsbury & District Hospital

I am deeply concerned by the proposed downgrade of Dewsbury & District Hospital and will be holding the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust and Department for Health to account. I campaigned on a platform to defend the Hospital and I am continuing to do so as your MP.  

Reconfiguration plans by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust would see services centralised at Pinderfields and include the downgrade of Dewsbury’s A&E, which would cease to be consultant-led.

It was announced in January 2016 that plans were to be brought forward of which I have serious concerns about.

I met with the Health Minister shortly afterwards raising the following issues:

The roll out of the reconfiguration and Closer to Home agenda, the implications of the downgrade and the accelerated process.

Losing the CCG chief executive to retirement at the same time as the Trust chief exec goes part time to split his time with a Trust in Cumbria.

Lack of regional planning and joined up thinking, and the potential knock on effect from the proposed closure of the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

The risk of further, future reconfiguration.

Communication with the public and patients about the impact of the changes, including the need for tailored, interactive workshops in individual neighbourhoods.

Transport, including the challenges Yorkshire Ambulance Service face.