Meeting with the Octopus Group to discuss High Growth Small Businesses

I met with representatives of the Octopus Group to discuss the importance of High Growth Small Businesses to the national and local economy.They make up 1% of UK companies but 3% of UK jobs and need investment from the Government into skills and qualifications to deal with current skills/talent shortages.

Meeting with the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

It was great to catch up with Matt Travis, Vice-President of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.We had a productive meeting chatting about the work they do, and issues such as skills, HS2, transport infrastructure, and ways I can support local businesses in future.

Meeting with Historic England

It was great to meet with Historic England at the Elsecar Heritage Centre to hear about their exciting work with Barnsley Museums on the Elsecar Heritage Action Zone, a project which aims to protect and promote Elsecar’s rich industrial heritage.Find out more here.

Meeting with the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce

Spoke with Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce representatives about the deadly cancer gap for less survivable cancers, including lung, liver and brain.These cancers have an average 5-year survival rate of 14% due to a legacy of neglect and underfunding.We need action now to help cancer sufferers.

Openreach drop-in and broadband survey

I dropped into the Openreach event to find out more about the national roll-out of full fibre broadband.Fast, reliable internet connection should be available to everyone.I questioned them on what more could be done to improve internet speeds and access in Barnsley.Let me know your views here.

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.