More must be done to tackle homelessness

The government has not evaluated the impact of its welfare reforms on homelessness, or the impact of the mitigations that it has put in place, according to the National Audit Office (NAO) which scrutinises how public money is spent.

The number of people sleeping rough on the nation’s streets has more than doubled in recently years whilst there were over 77,000 households in temporary accommodation in England in March 2017, an increase of 60% since March 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Portsmouth’s new MP pledges to fight for opportunities for all in maiden speech

Speech two.pngStephen Morgan, Labour’s first ever Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, today pledged to fight for opportunity for all, regardless of birth, class or age.

The “Fratton lad” paid tribute to the public service workers who had encouraged him to believe he could achieve his dreams and in a passionate call to the city’s young people he said: “aim high, work hard and you will achieve. Never, ever, accept anyone telling you you can’t succeed”.

The Labour Member said he was motivated by a simple notion: To ensure that the opportunities of a good education, a good home or a good job aren’t limited to the privileged few but can be enjoyed by all our citizens regardless of where they are born”. Read the rest of this entry »


New deputy crime commissioner must prioritise Portsmouth

Police2Responding to news that the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner has appointed a deputy commissioner to help him do his job, Portsmouth Labour has said priority must be given to tackling crime in our city’s communities and giving the police the resources they need.
Michael Lane, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire, has announced today that Flick Drummond who served as a Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South for two years, will be his first ever deputy commissioner.

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Local MP to keep close eye on new rail provider

trainThe new provider of trains across the south east officially launched today, Monday 4 September 2017, at London Waterloo.

The franchise was awarded by Government to the South Western Railways, a company which is owned by FirstGroup (70%) and MTR Corporation (30%) back in March of this year, and took over the running of the region’s network from South West Trains in late August.

Stephen Morgan, Labour Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, attended the official launch at London Waterloo. Stephen has been campaigning for a better deal for rail passengers in Portsmouth and an improvement to the speed at which trains get to and from London. Read the rest of this entry »


Local MP joins national campaign to celebrate supported housing

Starts at home.jpgPortsmouth South’s Member of Parliament Stephen Morgan is highlighting the contribution supported housing makes to the city as part of today’s ‘Starts at Home’ day.

Starts at Home, now in its second year and run by the National Housing Federation, celebrates how supported housing helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people regain their independence and confidence.

Housing associations provide a wide range of vital supported housing services including sheltered accommodation, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and housing for those with disabilities. Read the rest of this entry »


ACTION ON PATIENT SAFETY VITAL SAYS LOCAL MP

FullSizeRender-24The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a ‘Warning Notice’ to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust requiring it to improve safety, patient consent, dignity, and respect.

Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, today expressed his concern for patient safety after the CQC told Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust that it must make “significant improvements to protect patients using medical care services at Queen Alexandra Hospital”.

The CQC has placed six conditions on the trust requiring specific action until it can demonstrate that patients are safe. Following two separate inspections, the commission found there to be serious problems with the provision of emergency medical care and the treatment of elderly patients or those suffering from dementia. Read the rest of this entry »


Local MP praises work of Portsmouth based charity, WetWheels

Stephen Morgan with Geoff HoltA local charity has received a visit by the new Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, to recognise their hard work in supporting people with a disability or long-term life limiting conditions.

WetWheels Solent, who have their headquarters in Gunwharf Quays, build disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.

With the support of donors and partner organisations they provide water-based activity experiences for disabled people on board our specially designed boats, from centres within local communities.

Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, said:

“Wetwheels is an inspiring local organisation where perceived barriers are reassessed, new skills are learned and new-found independence is discovered.

Geoff and his team are doing so much to encourage opportunity for all in our great city. Last year they helped over 1,600 people 80% of which have never been afloat before, worked with 48 different agencies and assisted people from all walks of life to build their confidence and self esteem.

It was great to pay the charity a visit to recognise the hard work they and so many other charities do in Portsmouth to make life better for all”.

Disabled people can face particular challenges developing confidence, self-belief, self-worth and independence.

Beneficiaries of WetWheels services are active participants, rather than simply passengers, with the opportunity to steer the vessel and learn seamanship, alongside their peers, friends, and families.

The visit to WetWheels was led by Geoff Holt MBE and DL, the organisation’s founder. Geoff, a sailor from the city, was paralysed in an accident aged 18. In 2007 he became the first quadriplegic yatchsman to sail solo around Great Britain.