Questioning the Government on fair tips for serving staff

Dodgy bosses in the service industry can still take tips given to their staff.Government action to stop this is long overdue.I questioned the Government on this in Parliament recently.You can watch my full comments on this here.

Challenging the Government on police cuts

In the Commons recently I challenged the Government over the impact of police cuts in areas like ours.You can watch my full comments on this here.

Supporting UK Parliament Week

How to celebrate UK Parliament Week: with a life-size Lego Suffragette! And you can name her too, by using #NameOurSister! #UKPW18 Find out more here.  

Supporting UK Creators

This week in Parliament I stopped by the ALCS Parliamentary drop-in to support UK creators in the audio visual sector.  

Challenging the Government on cross-examination of survivors of domestic violence

Women's Aid have found that 24% of survivors of domestic violence have been cross examined by the perpetrator in the family courts. This is an absolutely abhorrent practice that allows abuse to continue.   Yet it’s now nearly two years since the Government committed to banning this cross-examination.   When will they act?You can watch my full comments on this here.

Attending the Darfield Remembrance Sunday service

I attended a moving Remembrance Sunday service in Darfield this morning, as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and remember those who gave their lives fighting for our freedom.For our tomorrow, they gave their today.We will remember them.

Column: Centenary Remembrance Day

The following appeared as my column in the Barnsley Chronicle on 9th November: This Sunday marks the annual Remembrance Day commemoration, where we come together to remember those who have given their lives in service of our country. The event has rightly become a familiar date in our national calendar, and gives us all the opportunity to pay our respects. But this year of all years perhaps holds even more poignancy than usual. Because as the Last Post sounds this Sunday and the country falls into silence, it will be 100 years since the end of the First World War. 100 years since the Armistice was signed in 1918. 100 years since the guns fell silent in fields across Europe and so many other corners of the world that this war scarred.  And 100 years since the end of one of the most devastating conflicts in history that saw millions of lives lost across the globe, including over 700,000 from Britain. That included many from right here in Barnsley, most notably the ‘Barnsley Pals’. Responding to Lord Kitchener’s call, they were friends and family, and included labourers, miners, and glassworkers. They enlisted and joined up together, trained side by side, and so many of them died that way, too. Wives, parents, siblings, families and friends of all kinds back home suffered, left with gaping holes of loss in their lives that would never be healed. Our community here in Barnsley, too, was devastated – a feeling replicated in villages, towns and cities across the country. And 100 years on, as the experience of the First World War slips finally from living memory, we’re reminded again of the importance in remembering those who sacrificed everything so we could maintain the freedoms we enjoy to this day. Indeed, Remembrance Day is an opportunity to commemorate all of those who have given their lives in wars; from those in fields of Europe from which poppies grew a century ago, to recent conflicts in which people from Barnsley and across the UK have made similar sacrifices. So like Hoyland last year, I’ll be laying a wreath in Darfield on Sunday and thinking of them all. And on this important centenary anniversary of a devastating conflict we must never forget, I hope you will too. We will remember them.    

Attending the opening of the new Barnsley Market

It was fantastic to be at the opening of the new Barnsley Market this morning.This is an excellent new facility at the heart of the town centre.

Attending the Elsecar Service of Remembrance

I recently attended a moving Service of Remembrance at Elsecar Holy Trinity Church​ for the 72 men of Elsecar who lost their lives in the Great War.

Holding a broadband surgery with Superfast South Yorkshire

Thanks to everyone who came to my broadband surgery in Hoyland with Superfast South Yorkshire​ recently.I will be taking up residents’ concerns with some of the big providers and pressing the Government for a commitment to the further roll out of fibre broadband.Feel free to contact me if you have concerns you’d like to raise.