The rise in retail crime over the past year is truly worrying. Our shopworkers are being put at risk and local shops are facing a the costs associated with it. Since last year, retail crime has increased from a total direct cost of £660 million to just over £700 million. This is money that is being lost due to criminals and stops employers from investing in our communities.
I have been working with the Co-Op and Usdaw – the shopworkers trade union – to raise awareness of the need for a plan to tackle this shocking rise. I asked the Leader of the House if she will give time for a debate on retail crime so that I can hold the UK Government to account for their reckless cuts to policing and security measures in our towns and villages.
No one should have to go to work in fear. I want the Government to combat this head on so we can fulfil our promise to retail staff that they have freedom from fear.
There are a number of major sporting events that are free to view but the Champions League is not one. Last week I raised my concerns with the Leader of the Commons.
I was pleased by the supportive words put forward by the Leader of the House and I hope that we can move away from great sporting events being only accessible to those who can afford extra subscription fees. It is wrong that great events, such as Liverpool’s Champion League final later this month, can only be watched if you fork over money to BT Sport or travel to Kiev.
I have been working with my constituent for some time now to shed light on the Royal Bank of Scotland scandal which saw many viable small and medium sized businesses put into insolvency.
Twice a debate was scheduled in Parliament on this important matter and twice it was cancelled at short notice. It is vital that we have the chance to raise our deeply held concerns on the running of this still publicly owned bank and ensure justice for those who faced RBS in this scandal.
Remembrance Sunday is always an important moment in the year where we have the opportunity to commemorate the sacrifice made by those who have fought for our country and for freedom.
This year marks the centenary since the end of the First World War and I have tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to support calls for retail shops to remain closed until after midday. This would allow retail workers the time to join their communities and loved ones in remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
I have written to the Leader of the Commons and I look forward to the Government’s response.