The Northern Economic Summit
- 09:25 - 16:45
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Debbie Abrahams is the Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth. She has been the MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth since her by-election victory in January 2011 and increased her majority in the 2015 General Election; and again in the 2017 General Election.
Debbie Chaired the Parliamentary Labour Party’s Health Committee leading an inquiry which reviewed the effectiveness of international health systems in improving quality and equity, which contributed to Labour health policy. In addition to Chairing the PLP's Health Committee, Debbie was also a member of Labour’s Health Policy Commission and one of the elected PLP representatives on the National Policy Forum.
As a member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee from June 2011 - March 2015, she led the call for an independent inquiry into the Government’s punitive New Sanctions Regime. Debbie was re-elected as a member of the Work and Pensions Committee in July 2015 until her appointment as Shadow Minister for Disabled People in September 2015. In June 2016 she was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Debbie is passionate about tackling inequalities and has campaigned extensively for a fairer society, setting up the Oldham Fairness Commission to deliver this in her own constituency.
One of her most high profile campaigns, ‘Be Fair – Pay on Time’, resulted in late payments to small businesses being included in the 2014 Small Business Bill and her being the first recipient of the Federation of Small Business’ ‘Business Buddy Award’ and the Gold Award winner at the H&V Awards in April 2015.
Co-Chair of the APPG on Dementia and the first MP to have trained as a Dementia Friends Champion; Debbie's 'Dementia Friendly Oldham' campaign, in collaboration with the Oldham Chronicle, has seen over 4,000 Oldhamers become Dementia Friends.