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Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, visited Knowle West charity Re:work to hear about the project’s current work and future plans. 

 

Re:work provides training and skills for local residents, especially young people, as a route to paid employment.  Work experience opportunities include landscape maintenance and gardening, retail, and carpentry while at the same time providing low cost building and gardening services to the local community and a supply of furniture and other household items from Re:work’s shop on Filwood Broadway.

 Speaking after her visit Dawn said:


“I have always supported Re:work and it has been great to see the charity develop and grow over the years.  The opportunities provided by Re:wrok are truly valuable and have helped to improve the lives of many young people in Bristol South.  I wish them every success going forward.”

 

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Dawn visits Re:work

Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, visited Knowle West charity Re:work to hear about the project’s current work and future plans.    Re:work provides training and skills for local...

Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, has condemned plans by First Bus to cut the route of the No. 36 bus service. 

The No. 36 currently runs from Withywood in south Bristol to the City Centre via Hartcliffe, Hengrove Park, Knowle West, Knowle, Brislington and St Anne’s, however, Dawn has learned that bus company First will be withdrawing the service between Hengrove Park and Withywood from 29 March.

Dawn said:


“First tells me they are making this change to improve punctuality and reliability of the No.36, however, while I recognise that the No. 36 bus needs improvement, I do not believe that cutting part of the route is the answer.”

 

“If the service between Hengrove Park and Withywood is taken away residents on this route will only have the option of using the No. 75 bus which means they will have fewer services overall.  It also means that people needing to travel from Withywood or Hartcliffe through to Knowle or Brislington or beyond (or vice versa) will now have to change buses at Hengrove Park instead of benefitting from the convenience of a direct service.”

“I fear this change will impact on many passengers who rely on the No.36 bus service and will make travelling more difficult for some journeys.”

No. 36 Bus

Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, has condemned plans by First Bus to cut the route of the No. 36 bus service.  The No. 36 currently runs from Withywood...

When I was first elected as your Member of Parliament for Bristol South in 1987 I was one of just 41 women in the House of Commons, just 6% of all MPs. This changed dramatically 10 years later when, in the Labour landslide of 1997, and because of new candidate selection procedures using all women shortlists, over 100 Labour women were elected to Parliament, seeing the total jump to nearly 20% of all MPs.  However, it is worrying that since then there has been only a tiny further increase in the number of women Members of Parliament, to 22% at the current time.

Of the sixteen directly elected mayors in Britain, just three are women.

The reason why this underrepresentation of women is important can be clearly seen in the recently published, and excellent, Bristol Fawcett report into the impact on women of the cuts in our city.

Women in Bristol are paid significantly less, and depend on social security and tax credits more, than men.  They are also are more likely to need support for their housing costs, use public transport and be primary carers.  Overwhelmingly it is women who contact my constituency office for help with their housing, social security or concerns about their children’s education.

In their study, “Cutting Women Out”, Bristol Fawcett looked at nine broad areas where funding cuts have occurred including housing, education and health. The conclusions are stark – “that many of the spending cuts underway in Bristol have a disproportionate impact on women”.  Examples include the pay freeze on public sector workers – 62% of Council staff are women - and cuts to social care, where women are the majority both receiving and providing care.

By contrast, services for victims of domestic and sexual violence have to some extent been protected, perhaps because of the high profile support of the female Police and Crime Commissioner.

Even though public authorities like Bristol City Council are under a legal obligation to promote equality it is clear that through some of their actions it is very likely that inequality will have increased.

Labour is taking the lead on this issue, publishing a separate Manifesto for Women ahead of this year’s General Election, which will include pledges on childcare, help for older women who have to work as well as juggling childcare duties as grandparents, domestic violence, equal pay, and women’s representation in areas such as public life and business.

Public sector finances will remain under pressure, therefore it is essential that policy makers both locally and nationally ensure that their spending priorities reflect the needs of the whole community. One way to make sure that women’s voices are heard in that important debate is to elect more women to both Parliament and Bristol City Council in May.

 

This article appears in the February 2015 edition of The Pigeon magazine

Women in Politics

When I was first elected as your Member of Parliament for Bristol South in 1987 I was one of just 41 women in the House of Commons, just 6% of...

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