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At Kirby Misperton Fracking Site

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central joined with anti-fracking campaigners at the gates of the fracking  site in Kirby Misperton, Ryedale yesterday to call for an end to fracking and for the local Council to listen to the objections from the local community.

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Rachael Maskell MP: Calling for fairer business rates for Pubs

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Pubs are important community hubs in York, and across the UK they provide 850,000 jobs. We must try to ensure that pubs continue to play their important role in British life.

Before the Spring Budget, a number of organisations joined CAMRA in calling for support for pubs facing significant increases in their business rates due to the revaluation which comes into force in April. I supported this call as I know the detrimental impact that this is having on pubs.

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HOMES in York are 14 per cent less affordable now than in 2007

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Rachael Maskell MP said: York Central Labour MP Rachael Maskell said the figures evidenced why York had such a serious housing crisis, and said the council’s ‘failure to build new homes for local people’ had exacerbated this crisis. Click here to read the full York Press article.

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My weekly update 11-15th September

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Click here to view my weekly video update from York

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No one or no community should be left behind, says York Central MP Rachael Maskell

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AS THE summer draws to an end, children are heading back to school and others will be heading off to college or university.

I have now returned to Parliament after a busy summer working to support residents and businesses across the city.

Some of the biggest global challenges for a generation will be debated in the forthcoming term in Parliament and I will also be focusing my work on the future of our region and the need for investment in the local economy and infrastructure.

Instead of the same rhetoric coming from the Government surrounding the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ we actually need a strategy that plugs into the potential that cities like York has to offer.

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It’s a Knockout in support of St Leonard's Hospice

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Watch the Team Labour Highlights from It’s a Knockout, raising money for St Leonard’s Hospice.

Rachael Maskell MP said:

“It was great fun to join up with local councillors and labour party members to form a team for ‘It’s a Knockout’. I greatly appreciate all the incredible work St Leonard’s Hospice do in providing care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. York's Hospice gets a disproportionately low contribution to its running cost from the CCG compared with other hospices and relies heavily on money raised by the public to provide local people and their families with free care. This is why fundraising events like ‘It’s a Knockout’ today are such fantastic events to sponsor and get involved in.”

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Supporting The Red Box Project in York

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Rachael Maskell MP met with the founders of The Red Box Project in York, a new community-funded project which provides sanitary products for primary and secondary school girls who are in need of them. This project has been set up to tackle ‘period poverty’, an inequality faced by young women who cannot afford sanitary products for their entire periods. The main aim of the project is to provide every young woman in need with enough sanitary products for their entire period so they do not miss school because of their period.

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Basic human rights of elderly patients ignored

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Rachael Maskell, Labour and Co-operative MP for York Central and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Older People and Ageing, has today (17 August 2017) criticised the Government for failing to uphold the basic rights of elderly patients within the National Health Service. Ms. Maskell was responding to an alarming new report issued by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) which found that over a third of family members have been concerned about the hospital care of an elderly relative.

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Rachael Maskell MP calls for investment in York’s economy

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Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, has called for a meeting with the Business Secretary, Greg Clarke MP and this will take place in September. The meeting is to highlight the importance of investing in York’s economy. Investing in good secure jobs with decent wages is vital to support people across the city, where average wages are lower than the national and Yorkshire average.

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Supporting the Summer Reading Challenge

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches across England and Wales on Saturday 15th July.

To mark the starting date of the summer-long project, Rachael will be donating several books to York’s city centre library York Explore on Saturday morning. The Summer Reading Challenge, a unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK, last year got over 729,000 children borrowing, reading and talking about their favourite books.

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Rachael's Column: Thank You For Placing Your Trust In Me

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Thank you for placing your trust in me again and re-electing me to represent you in Parliament. I have already made progress on many of the issues that concern you. No-one could have imagined we would end up with a Government in chaos without a serious programme to address the needs of our nation. Neither could we imagine they would pay the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for their votes to cling onto power, rather than giving our hard working public sector workers a pay rise.

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Petitioning to stop privatisation of Patient Transport

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central joined Yorkshire Ambulance Service staff on Saturday morning in Parliament Street to give her support and to collect signatures for the petition to stop the privatisation of Patient Transport in North Yorkshire.

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Tories Scrap Rail Electrification Plans

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The Transport Secretary, following the rise of Parliament, has made it known that he will scrap the electrification of the TransPennine route. York passengers would have gained from the electrification project which would have improved journey times to Leeds, Huddersfield, Manchester and Liverpool and as a result increased capacity on the trains which are frequently overcrowded.

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Launching Dads Breakfast Club in Acomb

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Over the weekend, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central met with Acomb Labour Councillor Stuart Barnes to launch a Dad's Breakfast Club in Acomb with the Yorkey Dads group at Lidgett Grove Church.

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Rachael Maskell is Appointed Shadow Rail Minister

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Rachael Maskell York Central MP has been appointed as the Shadow Rail Minister in the reshuffle which took place on Monday. Ms Maskell, who was re-elected on 8 June with an 18,575 majority is looking forward to developing Labour’s rail strategy, not least due to the pivotal role that York has played as a railway city through the years.  The MP has been promoted as Jeremy Corbyn prepares his line up ready to challenge the Government and face the possibility of another General Election.

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Armed Forces Day Campaigning

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To mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 24 June, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central has called on the Government to give our Armed Forces a better deal and to save York’s Barracks. Ms Maskell continued to gather signatures for her petition to save Imphal and Queen Elizabeth II Barracks with a stall in the city-centre, before making a speech in the afternoon at the York Armed Forces Day event on Parliament St.

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Responding to announcement on York's Mental Health Hospital

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Rachael Maskell MP has welcomed Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust’s decision to increase the number of beds planned for its new mental health facility. In her response to the consultation on the new hospital, Ms Maskell raised serious concern that 60 beds would not meet the need of the city, and could result in people in crisis being sent out of the area. The decision to increase the number of beds by 20% on the original plans means that the people’s concerns have been heard and responded to in the consultation.

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York Pride 2017

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It was amazing to see so many community groups and the fantastic Labour Party stall at York Pride again this year!

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York Human Rights City

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On Monday, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central attended the declaration to make York the first Human Rights City in the UK.

From Bandung in Indonesia and Graz in Austria to Richmond, California in the US and Thies in Senegal, residents and authorities are looking at international human rights and putting them into action in their own communities.

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Easter Egg Collection for York Foodbank

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Over Easter, Rachael Maskell MP attended the Gateway Centre in Front Street, Acomb, together with Councillor Janet Looker to hand over Easter eggs to York Food Banks. The Trussell Trust run the food bank in Acomb but they distribute food throughout York and have centres in Tang Hall, Bell Farm and the city centre.

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