Pressing the Government to support British Steel

There are tens of thousands of jobs at risk, not just in British Steel but in a supply chain that reaches industrial communities across the country, like ours here in Barnsley.In the House of Commons today, I asked why the Government will not use the power it already has to protect those jobs. Why, even at this stage, won’t the new Defence Secretary commit to building the Navy’s new Support Ships here in Britain, using British Steel and providing decent jobs in the communities that desperately need a government that is on their side: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/21/british-steel-administration-jobs-government-loan

Campaigning against changes to Great Houghton bus services

I was in Great Houghton today with local councillors Dorothy, Jeff and Anita.We are campaigning against the proposed changes to the 219/219a bus route that goes through the village.You can let bus operator Stagecoach know your views on the changes at: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/yorkshire/barnsley-rotherham-and-doncaster-service-changes-august-2019

Probation system has serious questions to answer

The tragic death of Jackie Wileman raises serious questions for the probation system to answer.Important coverage by Look North here.

Visiting the Forest Academy

It was lovely to pop into the Forest Academy in Kendray.I met with Principal Ms Bailey, and had a walk round the school to chat to teachers and students.

Attending the Barnsley College Principal's Dinner

Amazing food at The Open Kitchen all made and served brilliantly by Barnsley College​ students - huge thanks to everyone for all their hard work. If you are in town it’s open for lunch each day and you can book dinner every Thursday: https://www.barnsley.ac.uk/shops-services/the-open-kitchen/

Probation Announcement

Last night the Government announced they will be ending the disastrous decision to outsource probation services to private companies. I welcome the news, which follows my speech on Tuesday in the House of Common on how the tragic death of Jacqueline Wileman demonstrates the failure of probation services under the Tories, which you can see here. 

Joining the Women and Equalities Select Committee

Pleased to have joined the Women and Equalities select committee for my first meeting today. Looking forward to working on important issues from male mental health, LGBT+ health, to the use of non-disclosure agreements.  You can find out more about the work the Committee does here. 

Protecting Victims of Rape and Domestic Violence

This week I signed this important letter calling for better protections for victims of rape and domestic violence:

Under the Tories: Work Doesn't Pay

Thousands of people in Barnsley East are stuck in low-paid, insecure, short-term work and forced to resort to foodbanks, it’s clear that under the Tories work doesn’t pay. Watch me challenge the Government in the House of Commons here. 

Visiting the Fabian Women's Network's residential weekend

It was great to pop in to the Fabian Women’s Network’s residential weekend at Northern College.Lovely to meet so many inspiring women who want to get involved in politics.