Marking International Women's Day with the This Girl Can team

I joined the This Girl Can team to celebrate International Women's Day and discuss with Sport England how we can support women and girls' sporting activities in Barnsley.It doesn't matter what age, ability or experience you have, being active and healthy is what matters!Click here to find out more.

Barnsley Labour Women's Forum Afternoon Tea

It was great to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Barnsley Labour Women’s Forum Afternoon Tea.A big well done to everyone who helped organise the event and the fantastic dancers from Lisa J Wood’s School of Dance.

Attending Dan Jarvis's book launch

I was delighted to be with Dan Jarvis, a wonderful friend and neighbour.Celebrating the launch of his new book.A story of life, love and courage.

Meeting with the Police Federation

It was great to meet with representatives of the Police Federation to discuss what challenges our hardworking and dedicated police officers face across the country.I will keep pushing to give our police forces the funding and manpower they need to keep our streets safe.

World Book Day 2020

As a former teacher, I know the importance of reading at an early age for children's learning & development.Sharing stories together for ten minutes a day, at home and at school, makes a real difference.This World Book Day we aimed to share a story and get the nation reading!

Column: International Women's Day 2020

The following appeared as my column in the Barnsley Chronicle on 6th March:This Sunday is International Women’s Day.   Across the world the achievements of women will be celebrated.   Activists and members of the public will draw attention to the specific discriminations that women face due to gendered biases and call for equality.   I am proud to be Barnsley East’s first female Member of Parliament. An important part of my role is to encourage young women from our community to aspire to fulfil their potential.   From speaking to girls from Netherwood Academy, encouraging them to pursue their career goals, to pushing in Parliament for better support in the workplace for women who suffer from endometriosis, I will always champion the cause for women’s equality.   The Women and Equalities Select Committee, which I was a member of, held an inquiry that examined the representation of women in executive levels.   Less than 10% of FTSE 100 companies have a female CEO.  This is, quite frankly, shocking. Too few women are making it to senior management positions due to deeply rooted barriers.   Structural disadvantages from a lack of childcare, which forces some women to put their careers on hold to have a family, to the failure to encourage young women to pursue STEM subjects and careers exist in our society.   But in this new decade we can and should do more.   In Parliament, I will be pushing for legislation that will help close the gender pay and pain gaps as well as laws to stop partners who are convicted of the attempted murder of their spouses from claiming financial settlements in divorce proceedings.   As a community we can support our mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts by amplifying their voices when women are being ignored in meetings or conversations; supporting their ambitions; sharing the workload, including household chores; getting involved in community groups aimed at developing skills, including our fantastic Barnsley Brownies, who I recently had the pleasure of meeting; and pushing for women’s human rights to be acknowledged.   Barnsley has so many inspiring women and girls. It has been a privilege to meet so many of the women that contribute so much to our community.   This International Women’s Day I will be celebrating them. 

Pushing for investment in flood defences

Extreme weather events, like the floods that have caused such devastation in our area, will only increase due to climate change.Today, I pushed for long-term investment into flood defences and equal distribution of funding between the North and South to protect areas like ours.You can watch part of my comments in Parliament here.

Launch of the Great British Spring Clean 2020

I celebrated the launch of the Great British Spring Clean 2020 in Parliament with Orinoco from The Wombles.Together we can make a difference and Keep Britain Tidy.

Attending a Hope Not Hate reception

I was delighted to be at the Hope Not Hate reception to mark the launch of their State of the Hate report.I'm proud to be their new Parliamentary Chair.

Speaking to Dearne FM about Yorkshire Bank in Wombwell

I spoke to Dearne FM about the closure of the Yorkshire Bank Branch in Wombwell.I’m seeking a meeting with them to discuss it.Let me know if this issue impacts you.Listen to my comments on Dearne FM here.