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Barrett Backs Amnesty Campaign, 09 December 2009
Scotland 'essential' for high speed rail bid, 08 December 2009
Pay restraints in public sector must focus on the fat cats, 04 December 2009
Banks cannot continue to hold the taxpayer at ransom, 04 December 2009
Creating a banking levy: a fair deal for the taxpayer, 17 November 2009
Billions Lost Through Benefit Fraud Unacceptable, 10 November 2009
John Barrett expresses disappointment at suspension of Lloyds Foundation funding , 21 October 2009
Time for banks to come clean on job losses, 17 September 2009
Barrett calls for bingo boost from Brown, 13 August 2009
Targets alone will not end child poverty, 20 July 2009
Barrett presses Government on small business support, 09 June 2009
Barrett presses Brown on high speed rail pledge, 20 May 2009
Benefit system failing Edinburgh families, 18 May 2009
Barrett calls for action on Equitable Life injustice, 12 May 2009
‘Wasteful’ budget is a missed opportunity, 22 April 2009
Barrett backs £700 cut in income tax, 20 April 2009
Child poverty targets will be missed without Government action, 19 February 2009
Eight Scots unemployed for every vacancy, 11 February 2009
Barrett slams banking bonus culture, 09 February 2009
Barrett calls for banks to increase support for local businesses, 22 January 2009
Barrett demands answers from banks after second bailout, 19 January 2009
Think again on airport sale, 17 December 2008
Barrett calls for urgent review of mortgage support to avoid surge in home repossessions, 20 November 2008
Scottish companies missing out on Olympics cash, 11 November 2008
Jobs must be protected during the current financial turmoil, 14 October 2008
Barrett calls for Government action to help pensioners hit by inflation pinch, 09 October 2008
Barrett seeks Treasury assurances for Edinburgh victims of Equitable Life, 08 October 2008
We must stand together on the economy, 08 October 2008
Fuel Price Crisis, 31 July 2008
Scotland risks losing out on Olympic gold, 21 July 2008
Barrett calls for action over spiralling personal debt, 07 July 2008
Rising cost of living will hit those with disabilities, 24 June 2008
Barrett calls for immediate restoration of earnings link to pensions, 05 June 2008
One million still losing out despite Darling’s by-election Budget, 13 May 2008
Barrett demands debate on Observatory funding fiasco, 05 February 2008
Barrett calls for reduction in bank charges, 14 January 2008
Barrett welcomes pensions U-turn, 17 December 2007
Means-testing will undermine pensions reform, 05 December 2007
Complex tax system to blame for late returns, 04 December 2007
IT failure final nail in the coffin for ID cards, 20 November 2007
Tax Credit system must be simplified, 09 October 2007
Millions lost due to complex benefits system, 25 July 2007
Tax Credit chaos getting worse not better, 12 July 2007
New Child Support system must not make the same old mistakes, 04 July 2007
Barrett urges pensioners to claim benefits, 13 June 2007
CSA reform must be more than empty gimmicks, 06 June 2007
Chancellor must make Tax Credit overhaul top priority, 21 May 2007
Barrett calls for urgent debate on tax credit fiasco, 09 May 2007
Barrett calls for debate on widening inequality, 27 March 2007
Budget will hit poorest hardest, 21 March 2007
Barrett calls for fairer, greener budget from Brown , 20 March 2007
Barrett criticises Government over nuclear folly, 22 February 2007
Barrett backs pensioners’ victory, 21 February 2007
Barrett urges benefits overhaul, 24 January 2007
Overloaded benefit system at breaking point, 23 January 2007
Barrett calls for extra effort to remove gender discrimination, 18 January 2007
Pensions’ system in desperate need of reform, 16 January 2007
Barrett calls for united front against post office closures, 10 January 2007
Barrett slams £800 million hidden write-off of CSA maintenance arrears, 13 December 2006
Government must not abandon CSA victims , 11 December 2006
Barrett calls on Minister to block ship to ship oil transfer decision, 20 November 2006
Barrett demands action on child support backlog, 07 November 2006
Action demanded for families in child support ‘limbo’, 24 October 2006
Barrett calls for an end to double standards on trade talks , 12 October 2006
Barrett launches consultation on new child support agency , 26 September 2006
Barrett calls for action to protect against winter chill for elderly, 04 September 2006
Barrett calls for CSA loop-holes for self employed parents to be closed, 01 September 2006
Barrett backs local food campaign, 30 August 2006
Barrett nominates Muirhouse for ‘no charge’ cash machine scheme, 28 July 2006
Barrett secures Westminster debate on high speed rail links, 26 July 2006
Ministers must not abandon CSA children failed by system, 24 July 2006
Complex benefits systems must learn leasons from abroad, 20 July 2006
Barrett welcomes Edinburgh Airport master plan, 17 July 2006
Unacceptable tax credit waste costing every household £166, 10 July 2006
New report highlights more tax credit troubles, 29 June 2006
Edinburgh tax credit chaos “getting worse not better” – Barrett, 31 May 2006
Barrett calls for tax credit shake-up, 30 May 2006
Barrett secures debate on Edinburgh families hit by tax credit chaos, 27 April 2006
Barrett demands reform of ‘disgraceful’ tax credit system, 25 April 2006
Barrett grills Minister over ‘fatally flawed’ ID cards proposals, 20 March 2006
Barrett calls for Government action on child poverty, 09 March 2006
Scottish airports do not need celebrity facelift, 08 March 2006
Barrett attacks Government over latest Post Office let-down, 15 February 2006
Second CSA review in a year is beyond absurd, 09 February 2006
Barrett calls for urgent parliamentary debate on fuel poverty, 08 February 2006
Edinburgh’s incapacity claimants let down by Government , 25 January 2006
Nuclear is not the answer for Scotland , 18 January 2006
Failing CSA must now be scrapped, 17 January 2006
Barrett demands more action on child poverty, 09 January 2006
Barrett welcomes 11th hour climbdown on tax-breaks for second homes, 05 December 2005
Barrett demands answers over ‘massaged’ employment figures, 30 November 2005
Barrett questions future of Postwatch following damning new report, 29 November 2005
Barrett questions future of Postwatch following damning new report, 28 November 2005
Barrett demands urgent meeting with BAE chiefs following job losses announcement, 16 November 2005
Over 10,000 women across Edinburgh to lose out on £200 council tax repayments, 07 November 2005
Barrett meets with Minister to discuss Tax Credits fiasco, 20 October 2005
Government must do more to bolster faltering economy, 05 September 2005
Barrett and Smith launch response to airport masterplan consultation, 31 August 2005

Speeches and articles

Criminalising Copyright Theft (Westminster Hall Debate), 10 March 2009
Criminalising Copyright Theft (Epolitics article), 10 March 2009
Support for Small Businesses, 21 January 2009
State Pension and Benefits, 28 October 2008
Fuel Price Crisis, 31 July 2008
Air transport , 08 June 2004
Response to the Future of Air Transport in the UK: Scotland, 25 June 2003
Maiden speech , 13 July 2001

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