Childcare Bill Second Reading Speech
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Madame Deputy Speaker, I rise to support this Bill at Second Reading.
On this side of the House we have a proud record on childcare and enabling women to work.
We introduced free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.
Delivered the first, and only, childcare strategy across government.
Created Sure Start centres serving families in every community.
Expanded school nurseries and more than doubled childcare places.
We increased maternity leave from 12 weeks to 12 months, increased maternity pay and introduced paternity leave.Read more
This week Labour held an Opposition Day debate to highlight flawed plans to reduce Further Education resources. This followed analysis released last week which shows that the budget for sixth form and further education colleges could fall by at least £1.6 billion under Tory spending plans - the equivalent of four in ten sixth form and further education colleges.
In her role as Shadow Education Secretary, Lucy opened the debate with a speech to the House:
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I beg to move the motion in my name and those of my right hon. and hon. Friends.
“A good education shouldn’t be a luxury – the preserve of those living within a certain postcode or those who can afford it. It should be something everyone in this country can get… If we don’t educate the next generation properly, we will not secure Britain’s future.”
These aren’t my words – they are the words of the Prime Minister just before the election, with which I wholeheartedly agree. Indeed, I’m sure every parent and member of the public would agree that the route to success for a country lies in ensuring the best possible education for our children.Read more
Lucy spoke today at the Local Government Association’s Children and Adult Services Conference in Bournemouth talking about Labour’s approach to achieving excellence in partnership with local government.
Achieving excellence in partnership – Speech to the Local Government Association National Children and Adult Services Conference 2015
It’s great to be here with you today as Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary.
Conference - I’m delighted to stand before you as Labour’s new Shadow Education Secretary.
Look Conference, there is a secret I need to let you in on. There is an old school network at play in the new shadow cabinet as Lisa Nandy and I went to the same school.
So whilst the Tory cabinet has the Eton boys, I’m proud to say that Labour’s has the Parrs Wood girls.
A good education shouldn’t be a privilege - it is every child’s right.Read more
Aiming High for Childcare, Children and Families
Thank you Neil, for inviting me here to speak to your conference, AGM and exhibition today. I know you’ve got a packed agenda and I’m grateful for you giving me the opportunity to speak to and listen to your members for part of this morning.
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be here for the beginning of your session – I had my hands full this morning getting a one year old, four year old and ten year old all up dressed and ready for their days before setting off on the journey from Manchester. As a working parent day in day out I’m reminded of the contribution childcare makes in enabling parents to balance having a successful career and home life.
The Future of Childcare Under a Labour Government
Thank you to Anand and the team at the Family and Childcare Trust for inviting me to speak at your conference today.
This is my first keynote speech as Shadow Children’s Minister and I am delighted to be here. The Family and Childcare Trust might be a new organisation but both the Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute have a proud collective forty year history of research and campaigning on family life in Britain. You have helped to push childcare to the fore and I congratulate you on your work.
Since the birth of Daycare Trust nearly thirty years ago, the challenges and issues facing families and parents have changed beyond recognition.
Thank you for the introduction Naomi, and thank you to Govnet for organising today’s early years conference. It is great to have an opportunity to talk to you today about Labour’s plans for children and childcare.
I want to start by thanking you today for your work. As a parent of three, with two young children in nursery I know how important it is to parents to have trusted, qualified caring staff looking after our children.
Speech: Working Families Conference 'Labour’s plans for family policy and supporting families in work'
Thank you, and thanks to Working Families for inviting me here to speak to you today.
Working Families is a fantastic organisation helping families balance work and family life and reaching out to create new and valued partnerships with employers.
As you celebrate 35 years of support for working parents this year, I want to reflect on how far we’ve come in that time and to celebrate the successes we’ve had together to improve family friendly policy and practices.
35 years ago there was no work life balance. There was no statutory maternity leave with maternity leave varying from company to company linked to length of service. The Thatcher government removed the maternity grant in 1987 and restricted the maternity allowance.