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It's been a long week of late nights in Westminster, and I'm very glad to be writing this on the train back home. 

The late nights are because of debates on the EU Withdrawal Bill. This is the most important constitutional issue of my political lifetime, so even though it meant being in parliament after 11.30pm on Tuesday, I don't grudge the time spent working to get it right.

In fact, although 8 days have been allocated for debates on this stage of the Bill in the Commons, that's not nearly enough when we have so many complex issues to discuss. On Wednesday, I proposed some important amendments regarding children's best interests after Brexit. But there was far too little time to debate them properly, something I pointed out, somewhat crossly, in my speech.

Thursday also saw me speaking in an oversubscribed debate with too little time for a full discussion of the issues, this time on Universal Credit, which is now being fully rolled out in my constituency. I've already heard from constituents about delays and mistakes in getting this benefit, and Trafford Housing Trust told me that the problems mean that 80% of their UC customers have rent arrears.  But Ministers don't seem to get the urgency of the situation. You can read the debate here or watch it here.

Away from the chamber, I've attended some very useful briefings, including one attended by Old Trafford-based organisation TLC, which works to tackle domestic violence. Air Products, based in Carrington, invited me to the Big Bang exhibition, showcasing UK engineering to MPs. Trafford Park- based food processors Cranswick hosted a dinner in parliament to talk about their business, and their plans for growth.  I met a number of refugee organisations, some of whom had also been at a conference I attended in Manchester last weekend, and heard some very distressing stories from asylum seekers who've been detained in Immigration Detention Centres, though they've done nothing wrong. I am really ashamed of the way we treat people who flee violence and persecution to seek safety in this country. I hope I can continue to raise the issue with Ministers. 

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If this week has been a heavy one in parliament, last week was much more relaxing, as I was able to spend extra days back home. That gave me time to visit some great local organisations: Davyhulme Cubs, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, the fabulous music therapy projects run by charity Nordoff Robbins, the Somali Ogaden centre in Old Trafford, the WASPI women, and Seymour Park school. Thanks also to Moss Park Infants and St Matthews Primary schools, who recently visited me in parliament, to Wellacre who joined me in an online discussion organised by the Politics Project, and to Flixton Girls, who are hosting a voter registration drive among their senior students. I'm making an extra special effort to visit or meet schools and youth groups to mark Parliament Week this week, to talk about democracy and voting to my young constituents. And where I can't do that in person, I've been able to do so by video, both in the Wellacre digital surgery and answering questions for 1st Partington Guides.

As always, it was an honour to attend the Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday, and this year I was glad to join friends and neighbours at Davyhulme Circle, and then at the John Alker club, where it was great to spend time with service men and women, veterans and volunteers. I also attended a short but lovely ceremony at the Trafford Centre last Saturday, at exactly the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the precise anniversary of when the armistice began.

This is always a very special and moving day in Stretford and Urmston, and I am always very proud to attend the commemoration events. 

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A week of important debates on the EU Withdrawal Bill and Universal Credit

It's been a long week of late nights in Westminster, and I'm very glad to be writing this on the train back home. 

Kate has lashed out at massive cuts to spending on youth services in Trafford. 

New analysis reveals that spending on youth services in Trafford has decreased by more than £3 million between 2011/12 and 2015/16 – a 93 per cent cut since 2011.

These shocking findings came during Youth Work Week (6th – 12th November) which provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.

In parliament, Kate has criticised Ministers for repeatedly failing to provide the plan on youth policy which they promised last year.

Kate said: “These figures showing huge cuts to youth services in Trafford are a disgrace. We should be investing in our young people, but funding’s been slashed, and youth organisations have been forced to reduce or even close down clubs and activities.

“Youth workers are the unsung heroes of our communities, helping young people to develop the skills and confidence they need to build a positive future, but services can’t be delivered on thin air. They need funding to support the volunteers and staff who run them.

“Thanks to government and council cuts, thousands of young people who rely on youth services have been left behind, particularly the most vulnerable in our community.

“The government urgently needs a comprehensive plan to support good quality youth work, ensure a well trained workforce, and offer young people leisure activities and opportunities to contribute to and participate in wider society, as so many wish to do. And Trafford Council must prioritise our young citizens, who’ve lost out under budget cuts made by the Tory council.”

Kate slams cuts to youth services spending

Kate has lashed out at massive cuts to spending on youth services in Trafford. 

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Kate has pledged to get on Purple Alert this November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to help transform the lives of people affected by pancreatic cancer in Stretford and Urmston.

At a Pancreatic Cancer UK drop-in event at Westminster, Kate Green MP heard that 93 per cent of people diagnosed will not survive five years or more, and that there has been very little improvement in survival since the early 1970s. The charity says that unless urgent action is taken now, pancreatic cancer will become the fourth biggest cancer killer by 2026.

Kate Green MP said: “Tragically, pancreatic cancer took the lives of 125 people in the NHS Trafford CCG area during 2010-2014. It is clear that much more work is needed to deliver the kind of change which we must see for people affected, and to achieve the improvements in survival so desperately needed.

“This year, 9,600 people in the UK will receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I want to encourage everyone in the Stretford and Urmston to join me in getting on Purple Alert this November, to help change the future for everyone affected by the disease.”

Alex Ford, Chief Executive at Pancreatic Cancer UK said: “We’re extremely grateful Kate Green MP has shown her support by signing our Purple Alert pledge at our drop-in event and learning more about the numbers of people affected by pancreatic cancer in NHS Trafford CCG area.

“Whilst significant improvements have been made in survival for many other cancers, with 50 per cent of all cancer patients now surviving for ten years or more, pancreatic cancer survival has seen little improvement, with just one per cent of patients living for ten years or more. That’s why we are calling on people in Stretford and Urmston to join us in getting on Purple Alert this November, to help us raise more funds for research into the disease and provide vital support for people affected. People can join our campaign at www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/pcam.

This Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer UK is calling on people to Move It, Bake It, Quiz It, Game It, Style It or Wear It purple as part of its Purple Alert campaign. The funds raised from these activities will help the charity offer vital support to patients and families, invest in crucial research to help us see the breakthroughs we urgently need, and be a voice for everyone affected by the disease.

Kate on Purple Alert to change the future for people affected by pancreatic cancer in Stretford and Urmston

Kate has pledged to get on Purple Alert this November for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to help transform the lives of people affected by pancreatic cancer in Stretford and Urmston.


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