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Liz McInnes, Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton, has written to the Prime Minister to ask about funding for Greater Manchester in the wake of the government’s £1 billion deal with Northern Ireland.

The Conservatives, who lost their majority in the recent general election, have agreed a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). In return for their support in parliament the government will provide £1 billion of investment to Northern Ireland over the next two years.

Liz McInnes MP says: “Lots of residents have been asking me about the Tory agreement with the DUP and particularly the £1 billion being given to Northern Ireland as part of the deal. I’ve been asked if it’s a ‘bribe’ or a ‘pay-off’ in return for votes and I think it’s only fair that the Prime Minister is asked to respond to these concerns.

People have also been asking me when we can expect a similar level of funding. Here in Heywood and Middleton and the Greater Manchester region under the Tories we’ve suffered huge cuts to police, fire and rescue, the NHS, social care and schools, and £1 billion of investment would make an incredible difference to our public services and life in the region. Theresa May told us during the election that ‘there is no magic money tree’, but she appears to have found one now after all. I want Greater Manchester to get our fair share.”

Full text of Liz’s letter to the Prime Minister:

Dear Prime Minister,

The Conservative deal with the DUP

I have been contacted by many constituents regarding the deal your government has struck with the DUP. My constituents are understandably confused and somewhat angry about the deal and have raised the following questions with me.

Firstly, residents ask me if the £1billion for Northern Ireland amounts to a ‘bribe’ for votes?

Secondly, where is this money coming from given that you told a nurse during the election campaign that “there is no magic money tree”?

Thirdly, Greater Manchester has suffered huge cuts to government funding in the last 7 years, including having more than £140 million taken from Greater Manchester Police and £30 million from Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue. We have an urgent need for investment in our local schools, our NHS, our social care services, local transport and infrastructure. When can our region expect our fair share of the ‘magic money tree’ that appears to have been found?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Where's our £1 billion?

Liz McInnes, Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton, has written to the Prime Minister to ask about funding for Greater Manchester in the wake of the government’s £1 billion...

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Liz McInnes has urged the government to think again about school cuts during a speech in parliament.

Ms McInnes, who was re-elected for a third time as MP for Heywood and Middleton on June 8th, raised the fact that schools in Rochdale borough would be hit with cuts of around £15 million under Tory plans for changes to the funding formula for education.

Liz says: 'In recent months I’ve been contacted by many headteachers in Heywood and Middleton who are deeply concerned about the impact of Tory changes to the funding formula on their schools. Schools in Rochdale borough face a loss of £550 per pupil. Such a loss would severely harm the quality of education our children receive, threatening class sizes, teaching jobs and resources.

The general election result clearly showed that the Conservatives have no mandate to carry on regardless with huge cuts to public services. Our schools, our police, our firefighters, and our NHS and social care system simply can’t cope with any more cutbacks and people have had enough.'

To find out more about the impact of possible funding changes on your local school, visit www.schoolcuts.org.uk

Click here to watch Liz's speech in full

Tories must think again about school cuts

Liz McInnes has urged the government to think again about school cuts during a speech in parliament.

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I was humbled and honoured to be re-elected as the MP for Heywood and Middleton with an increased majority in the general election.

The election campaign was of course put into sharp perspective by the horrific terror attacks in Manchester and London. I think it was right that the election went ahead as planned – we have to show the cowards behind such acts that our way of life and our democracy will not be beaten by them and their twisted ideology. Our emergency services and many ordinary members of the public reacted with bravery and compassion at the scene of both atrocities, and they deserve our thanks and admiration.

I was proud to campaign on a manifesto which offered hope instead of tax cuts for millionaires and pay cuts for everyone else. Labour offered a credible, fully-costed plan for a better way of doing things for the many, not the few.

People have quite clearly had enough of Tory cuts to essential local services, including the police, fire, and social care. We are now faced with a minority government propped up by the hard-line Democratic Unionist Party – a true ‘coalition of chaos’, and we have a Prime Minister most in her own party would like rid of, with Boris Johnson stalking in the shadows.

In contrast, I am delighted to say that we have a strong and united Labour Party to hold this failing and weak government to account. The campaign showed what can be achieved when we are united and I have no doubt that will continue.

I am determined to represent everyone in Heywood, Middleton, Bamford, Castleton and Norden to the best of my ability. Please get in touch if I can be of any help.

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Thank you

I was humbled and honoured to be re-elected as the MP for Heywood and Middleton with an increased majority in the general election.

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