Thank you to everyone who came to our wonderful Great Get Together in Brierley.It was brilliant to have over 60 people come together from across Barnsley.We raised over £200 for the Jo Cox Foundation - thank you to everyone for their generous donations and to Brierley Village Club and Barnsley Brew.
I was really pleased to meet with Worsbrough Bridge AFC recently.It was a great opportunity to discuss their teams and the work they do in the community.I’m working with them to help improve their facilities and will shortly be writing to the FA and Sport England to get the ball rolling.
I had a productive meeting with the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, an organisation which brings together and supports businesses across our area.It was good to discuss ways we can work together to support local companies here in Barnsley.
It was lovely to pop in to Ladywood Primary School in Grimethorpe and meet their School Council.They have lots of exciting plans to protect and improve our local environment here in Barnsley.
Jacqueline Wileman’s family have been let down by the justice system at every level.We recently met with the Government Minister to push for action and give her family the justice they deserve.Find out more in my interview on Radio Sheffield.
As a member of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme I visited Sandhurst.It was an honour to spend time with Ryan Francis from Worsbrough - I have nothing but total respect and admiration for those who serve our country to keep us all safe, and I know I speak for everyone across Barnsley in saying how proud we are of you and everyone who serves.
Blacklisting is illegal and unacceptable, penalising those who stand up for workers’ rights.As a proud trade unionist and former officer of GMB, I recently voted in favour of banning those who blacklist workers from playing any role in restoring Parliament.
The following appeared as my column in the Barnsley Chronicle on 21st June: Today marks the start of the annual ‘Great Get Together’ weekend. The UK-wide event is now into its third year and will end on Sunday after a full weekend of communities up and down the country coming together in different ways. Because after all, that is what this event is all about. It’s inspired by Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen who was tragically killed three years ago. In her maiden speech in Parliament a year prior Jo stated that “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.” In the aftermath of her death, her family bravely honoured these words and established the ‘More in Common’ initiative that seeks to build united communities. The Great Get Together weekend plays a huge role in that, and this year around 6,500 get togethers are taking place around the country. From tea parties and coffee mornings to full street parties, events in all shapes and sizes will be bringing people together and making sure we put aside our differences. And right here in Barnsley I’ll be hosting my own event tomorrow. There’ll be games, competitions, and the opportunity to meet local organisations, charities, schools and people to help bring our community together. You can contact my office for more details, and I hope as many people as possible can join me there. Because I’m sure many of you will agree that it often feels more than ever that our society is divided. It’s often too easy to find differences with others and focus on what separates us. But that’s exactly why events like the Great Get Together are more important than ever. Because in Barnsley we have a proud local identity and strong character. We have a powerful community spirit that makes sure we look after our friends, neighbours, and those less vulnerable than ourselves. And Jo was right, we do have more in common. So let’s celebrate that this weekend, reject division, and show what a united and resilient community Barnsley can be.
I was elected on a Labour manifesto which pledged to respect the result of the referendum and work for a Brexit deal which protects jobs and rights. I believe that’s the right approach. Our letter to Jeremy Corbyn:
Earlier today I was pleased to join Leader of Barnsley Council Sir Steve Houghton, Dan Jarvis and other MPs to present a petition to the Prime Minster at Downing Street calling for Children’s Services funding. It is unacceptable that Barnsley has been worst hit by cuts in the country.