Meeting with Water UK

I met with Water UK to discuss challenges to our water supply and how we can make the UK's water infrastructure environmentally sustainable and value for money for customers.

Pressing the Government to provide funding for our local bus services

Bus passengers in Barnsley suffer delayed and cancelled services every day with timetables that are changed without warning.Following the publication of Dan Jarvis' South Yorkshire Bus Review I asked the Government if they will provide the funding to improve our local bus system.Read more on the Bus Review here, and watch my comments in Parliament here.

Update on Wombwell Post Office and Yorkshire Bank

Following my recent letter and petition against the closure of Wombwell Post Office, I'm pleased that the Post Office has now confirmed the branch will remain open at Heron Foods under a temporary postmaster until a new location can be found.Disappointingly, new locations have not yet been found for post office branches to reopen in Hoyland and Darfield. Restoring services in these areas is long overdue, and I will continue to push the Post Office to reinstate services in Hoyland and Darfield as soon as possible. You can sign our petition on this here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PostOfficePetition While I welcome the Post Office decision, I am incredibly disappointed that Virgin Money UK will be proceeding with closure of the Wombwell Yorkshire Bank branch on 3rd August. I will be writing to Virgin Money about this, and you can sign our petition here: cutt.ly/SaveYorkshireBankPetition(Photo taken in early March)

The Time is Now campaign

I virtually met with constituents to discuss how we can put the environment and people at the heart of our country's COVID-19 recovery.Thank you to everyone who got in touch as part of The Climate Coalition's The Time Is Now campaign.

Fighting for our NHS

My mum was a nurse in our wonderful NHS for 40 years.I think it's one of our country's greatest achievements. Sadly, it's suffered a decade of underfunding and cuts.I'll always fight for our front line heroes and a universal health service that is free at the point of need.You can sign the NHS' 72nd birthday card here.

Pressing the Government to hold a flood summit

It's an outrage that a Flood Summit hasn't been called following last November's devastating floods.I asked the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary of State when Boris Johnson will honour his election commitment to hold a summit so that flood-hit communities in South Yorkshire can recover.You can watch my comments in Parliament here.

Marking Armed Forces Day

I was proud to see Barnsley’s virtual Armed Forces Day celebrations recently.I want to thank our service personnel and veterans for their service to our country, including efforts to tackle COVID-19, and redouble my commitment to support them in any way I can.

Calling on the Home Office to ban the Order of the Nine Angles

I have written to Priti Patel with Hope not Hate to ask the Home Office to ban the Nazi-Satanist cult the Order of the Nine Angles.This group uses the totally encrypted and largely unmonitored platform Telegram to promote extreme violence and hatred.The Government must act.I spoke on Hope not Hate's podcast on the campaign to prohibit O9A. Click this link to listen: https://open.spotify.com/episode/31RESa2qZet1biaYYlWQQY, and watch my comments in Parliament here.

Armed Forces Week flag raising ceremony

As a proud supporter of our armed forces, it was good to see the virtual Barnsley flag raising ceremony this morning as we count down to Armed Forces Day on Saturday.Find out more about this important day to support our service personnel and veterans: https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/

Tackling loneliness

For the last 2 years, we have held Great Get Together events in Barnsley in memory of Jo Cox.Today, I hope you will join me in celebrating the power of community by reaching out to someone who might be struggling.I've created an anonymous survey for anyone who might be feeling low or a bit lonely at the moment.I will do my best to get resources and support for those that need help right now.https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BarnsleyEastLonelinessSurvey