In Parliament

The British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) ‘Tweet off’ encouraged MPs to help beat heart disease by competing against their fellow MPs in a re-tweeting contest.

 

By taking part in the ‘Tweet off’, Steve hoped to raise awareness of National Heart Month; a time when the BHF urges people in the UK to think about their hearts and the hearts of those around them.

 

Steve also took part to encourage his 4,200 followers to get fundraising for the nation’s heart charity.

 

Speaking in the Commons on Thursday evening (31 January), Steve called on the Government to commit to reforming the system by which vehicle license plates are produced and registered. The scheme has come under criticism in recent years by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

 

Steve met with bowel cancer patients and the charity Beating Bowel Cancer to talk about the importance of good experiences for all patients as part of their campaign, Be Loud, Be Clear. The campaign is pushing for higher standards and better care for bowel cancer patients

 

The motion, moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle MP and debated on Wednesday, called on the Government to ban train operators from increasing fares beyond strict limits, specifically, a pre-determined cap.

 

The motion also called on the Government to rule out introducing a ‘super peak’ fare in which commuters will be charged even higher fares during commuting hours than at present.

 

During Treasury Questions last week, Steve asked David Gauke MP, the Minister responsible for taxation and HMRC, “is cutting maternity pay part of the Government’s strategy to support stable families?”

Steve is calling on Ministers to bring insurance companies back to the table, and secure an insurance scheme for flood-risk properties before the current scheme runs out next July.

 

Steve’s call follows Environment Agency flood warnings for Sunday and Monday along the River Rea; which runs from the south of the constituency through Stirchley, Ten Acres and Selly Park towards Edgbaston.

 

Steve has welcomed a number of recommendations made by the Home Affairs Select Committee, of which he is a member, on the work of the UK Border Agency.

 

The Home Affairs Select Committee has expressed concern on the Border Agency’s failure to tackle its 300,000 case backlog; which is spiralling out of control. Members have recommended that Border Agency chiefs provide an explanation as to where a further 4,000 cases have come from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, why the Government intended to proceed with the proposed badger cull despite a DEFRA Impact Assessment concluding the cost of the cull would outweigh any benefits to farmers and taxpayers.

 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) put the number of NHS patients currently waiting for diagnostic tests in July 2012 at 659,796[1]. 583,794 people were waiting for tests in the same period last year; an increase of 13%[2].

 
On the budget, Steve McCabe said:
“What we have seen from the Chancellor is a millionaire’s budget conceived by the rich for the rich, it will do nothing to promote growth or tackle unemployment.
 
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