Meeting on the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

Positive meeting with the NUM, pension trustees and shadow chancellor John McDonnell about what Labour can do to reform the mineworkers’ pension surplus sharing arrangement and get a fairer deal to support retired miners and their families.

Supporting Breast Cancer Now

I’m proud to support the Breast Cancer Now campaign to ensure that by 2050, everyone who’s diagnosed with breast cancer survives.I popped in to their recent parliamentary drop-in, and this Friday I’ll be holding a Barnsley East coffee morning to raise awareness and funds. This is such an important cause, and it would be great to see you there - for details on location and time, feel free to email me at or call my office on 01226 743483.

The Barnsley Spitfire

Brilliant to see the Barnsley Spitfire today! Big well done to everyone at Barnsley Museums​. My Grandad used to work on them when he served in the RAF during WW2. We must never forget those who gave so much for our freedoms today.

Switching on the Barnsley Diwali lights

It was an honour to switch on the Diwali lights in Barnsley. Thank you to everyone at the Gujarat Association of Barnsley and the Indian Welfare Association for their organisation and hospitality. At the start of the Festival of Lights - a happy and peaceful Diwali to all those celebrating.

Supporting the Stairfoot Station Heritage Park group

I was pleased to visit the fantastic new art installation on the site of the old railway station in Stairfoot with Councillor Wayne Johnson and Denise and Robert Stendall.Thanks to volunteers from the Stairfoot Station Heritage Park group for their important work recording our area’s rich industrial heritage. The group was founded in 2017 with the aim of establishing a historical record of Stairfoot. You can find out more about the group’s work on their website:

Visiting St Helen's Catholic Primary School

It was lovely to visit St Helen’s Catholic Primary School in Hoyland recently.Great to chat to headteacher Mrs Wray and meet staff and students on our walk round the school.St Helen’s are collecting stickers for Aldi sports funding - if you have any spare feel free to drop them in!

Visiting RAF Leeming

I’ve spent the day at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, learning about the training, communications and mountain rescue operations that take place there.Looking forward to learning more about the Royal Air Force​ in the year ahead.

Barclays in Hoyland

I'm pleased to receive confirmation from Barclays that their Hoyland branch will remain open for at least the next two years.Local branches such as this are so important, and I'll keep pushing for these vital services to be maintained in Hoyland and across Barnsley East.

Questioning the Government on convictions for rape

In the last year, just 2% of reported rapes resulted in a conviction.In Parliament I raised this shocking statistic, and concerns that the recommendations in the Henriques Report would push this unacceptable figure even lower: can watch my comments in Parliament here.

Meeting the Archbishop of York

It was great to meet Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, along with colleagues from across Yorkshire, as we continue to push for an ambitious One Yorkshire devolution deal.