I have written to the new Justice Secretary asking him to confirm reports that the Government are bringing forward legislation on dangerous driving.
I recently attended the Parliamentary launch of a report on the impact of welfare changes on disabled people.It’s clear the system overseen by this Government has had a difficult and devastating impact on many disabled people and those living with health conditions.
It’s clear that the cost of school uniforms here in Barnsley can often be far too high. Constituents often raise this with me, including one family who had to pay £200 for one child’s school uniform and PE kit. This is something I hear all too often, and it’s a problem worsened by the fact that this clothing is often out-grown within a year or even a few months. That’s why I’ve launched my school uniform exchange in partnership with Barnsley Council. Donation boxes have been placed in libraries across Barnsley East, and in my office in Hoyland, so that parents can drop off unneeded or unwanted items of uniform, for other families and students to use. We’re asking for uniform to be dropped off up to 16th August, and this will then be distributed in the run up to the new school year. Addresses, opening hours and contact details for the drop off points can be found below. I think school uniform prices should be reduced and parents should be able to purchase uniform from a range of shops without expensive logos. It’s something I have raised in the House of Commons and locally with schools. I will keep doing that but I wanted to do something practical to help. If anyone has specific requests for items of school uniform, or if anyone has any questions regarding the exchange, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office on 01226 743483. Drop off points: Cudworth Library: Cudworth Centre of Excellence, Robert Street, Cudworth, S72 8UQ; open Monday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9:30-12; 01226 717531 Darfield Library: Church Street, Darfield, S73 9LG; open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10-1 and 2-5, Friday 10-1 and Saturday 9:30-12:30; 01226 773555 Grimethorpe Library: The Acorn Centre, 51 High Street, Grimethorpe, S72 7BB; open Monday-Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-4:30; 01226 712575 Wombwell Library: Station Road, Wombwell, S73 0BA; open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9-5, Thursday 9-7 and Saturday 9:30-12:30; 01226 773555 Worsbrough Library: Elm House Estate, Queensway, Worsbrough, S70 5EN; open Monday, Thursday and Friday 10-1 and 2-5, Tuesday 10-1 and Saturday 9:30-12:30; 01226 773555 My office: West Bank House Community Association, 236 West Street, Hoyland, S74 9EE; open Monday-Friday 10-4; 01226 743483
Following the tragic death of Jackie Wileman, I used my first opportunity to ask this new Government to make it a priority to change the law on death by dangerous driving.You can watch my comments in Parliament here.
Over the summer holidays Barnsley East’s pupils are taking part in my Little Litter Champions campaign to help raise awareness of protecting our environment, and will help keep Barnsley clean as they do!You can watch my comments in Parliament here.
The Government should use its powers of procurement to protect manufacturing and jobs.One very easy way to do that is to buy British.I recently asked them to do just that to help support our steel industry.You can watch my comments in Parliament here.
Alongside my column in the Barnsley Chronicle, last week I discussed the issue of defence spending in Parliament.It’s not just about how much is spent, but where.A huge regional disparity exists both in defence expenditure in areas like Yorkshire and the Humber and the number of jobs it supports.You can read my Chronicle column here, and you can watch my comments in Parliament here.
It was lovely to meet Derek the dog and draw the raffle at the Jump Gala - a great effort by the Jump Environmental Group.
Well done to all involved in organising Cudworth Tea in the Park.There were lots of fab stalls, music and a dog show - I especially enjoyed the Royal British Legion tombola.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve held surgery drop-ins for every ward across Barnsley East. Thank you to everyone who came along.A range of issues were raised with me, from crime and anti-social behaviour, to litter, fly tipping, Brexit, school cuts and the cost of school uniforms, to mention a few.My team and I will be following up on all the issues raised over the coming weeks. I’ll always do all I can to support the people of Barnsley East – if I can help you with an issue, please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com or call my office on 01226 743483.