Stephanie helps force Government to concede vote on nursing bursaries

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 27th April, Stephanie has helped to force the Government to concede a vote on nursing bursaries.

Ministers had already abolished the NHS Bursary, which provided support for most undergraduate nursing courses, and are now attempting to abolish bursaries for postgraduate, part time and dental students. The Government was attempting to pass this change through a 'statutory instrument', a parliamentary procedure which does not allow a debate or vote.

However, under pressure from Stephanie and her Labour colleagues, the Government has been forced to concede that a binding vote will take place.

Commenting, Stephanie said:

'The NHS is short of nurses, and there are many students in Barnsley and across Yorkshire who would love a career in nursing but face huge debts to get qualified. They would be absolutely astonished to hear that their MP could have been refused a meaningful vote on such an important issue.

'The Tories are attacking our public services and now they threatened to undermine our democracy to do it.

'It's good news that they have withdrawn the regulations but I will be fighting every step of the way until we get this on to the floor of the Commons, and make ministers face the facts.'