It was great to visit Birdwell Primary School to present prizes in my Christmas card competition - well done on all the great entries!
In 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU, including a majority of people in Barnsley, and as far as I’m concerned, the issue of whether we leave is settled. For me, the debate now is not about whether we leave the EU, but how.Today we begin a week of debate in Parliament on the Government’s proposed Brexit deal, and as we enter this crucial period in the Brexit process, I want to hear your views, whichever way you voted. If you live in Barnsley East, please fill in my Brexit survey by following this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVm0wr8v6qYOQ94e70jUrf4fL7z35kQmukikQVgxETYedlPw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
I was proud to pledge my palm in support of Barnsley Council’s 'Speak Up' campaign with the charity IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) to tackle domestic abuse here in Barnsley. Sadly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be affected by this terrible crime, and it's so important we do all we can to support those affected. IDAS are offering support to anyone who has problems in their relationship.They tell me that people often don’t recognise the signs of an unhealthy relationship – do please contact them if you feel you need support.
It was nice to pop into the Aldham House Community group Christmas get together with local Stairfoot councillors Wayne and Janine.I met Santa and played the tombola.
The Tories’ offer of ‘little extras’ is an insult when they aren’t even funding schools for the absolute basics.You can read my full comments on this here.
I attended the Barnsley Labour kids Christmas cinema trip this morning.I loved The Grinch, especially as he popped into the Town Hall on Saturday...
I supported Small Business Saturday today.I popped into Worsbrough Mill for some flour, picked up a lovely Christmas wreath in Grimethorpe and got my tea from Barnsley Market.
Well done to the team of volunteers at Hoyland Community Tesco collecting for the Barnsley Foodbank.It was a pleasure to join them this afternoon and make a donation.
I popped into the Church Fayre at All Saints in Darfield.I had giant Yorkshire pudding and corned beef hash for dinner and fab cakes.
I had a fantastic morning at the Town Hall Christmas open day.I got to meet Santa and make a Christmas gift tag, with some help.There was lots to do from bauble making to biscuit decorating.