Launch of Lesmond Crescent Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

I met with residents on Lesmond Crescent, Middlecliffe, to launch their Neighbourhood Watch Scheme - it’s great to see residents volunteering together to make their community a safer place. Find out how to join your local scheme or set up new schemes here.

HeartUnions week 2020

We recently marked HeartUnions week, which recognises the good work unions do every day to give people a voice at work. I’m a proud trade unionist and will always stand up for the rights of workers.

Meeting the Birkwood Primary School Council

Really enjoyed meeting with the Birkwood Primary School Council to chat about Parliament and answer their questions ahead of their visit to Westminster in a few weeks!

Meeting with Worsbrough Bridge AFC and Barnsley Council

I recently met with the Worsbrough Bridge Chairman and Councillor Chris Lamb.We discussed the damage caused by the recent flooding to the pitch and ways we can work together to help the Club recover and tackle the root causes of this issue so the Club doesn’t face flooding again in future.

Speaking on special educational needs

As a former teacher, I know the value of specialist support for children who are disabled or have special educational needs.Right now they are being let down due to a lack of resources and funding.We need action urgently to help kids reach their potential.You can watch part of my comments in Parliament here.

Speaking on the Apprenticeship Levy

Following discussions I've had with Barnsley College I spoke in the Apprenticeship Levy debate.Mid-career professionals are reaping the benefits of a policy that was meant to give school-leavers a better start in life.Read more here.

Speaking on social mobility

We need to put social mobility back on the agenda.I spoke in this important debate in Parliament recently.You can watch my comments here.

Industrial Communities Alliance event

I dropped into the Industrial Communities Alliance event in Parliament with Councillor Tim Shepherd and Councillor Robin Franklin to discuss how to rebuild the economy of Britain’s older industrial towns.We need more jobs and better jobs closer to home.This can only be achieved with investment in our local industries and skills training.

The Best Bar None awards

It was a pleasure to meet Garreth Robinson and Frazer Grimbleby from Barnsley, who were finalists in the Best Bar None awards.   The awards aim to promote responsible management of alcohol licensed premises and tackle crime related to drinking.

Meeting the acting Principal of Netherwood Academy

It was good to meet Eric Jackson, the new acting Principal of Netherwood Academy.We discussed a range of issues, from how the school works with the local community, to student aspirations, school funding and the national curriculum.