Breast Cancer Now coffee morning

Thanks to everyone who came along to my Breast Cancer Now coffee morning, to raise awareness of breast cancer symptoms and treatment, as part of the Breast Cancer Now campaign to ensure that by 2050, all those diagnosed with breast cancer survive.   It was great to be joined by local breast cancer charities Be Cancer Safe and Macmillan Barnsley.

Supporting Wear Red Day

I’m proud to be supporting Wear Red Day 2019 to Show Racism the Red Card.The disgusting abuse directed at England players recently, and recent examples in our society here in the UK, show exactly why campaigns like this are still so important.

Visiting the Ellis Primary School

was pleased to visit the Ellis Primary School in Hemingfield today.It was lovely to meet headteacher Mrs Hurding - we chatted about the work she and her staff are doing, and ways I can support this fantastic local school.Thanks to Alf from Year 3 for the tour!

Meeting on the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme

Positive meeting with the NUM, pension trustees and shadow chancellor John McDonnell about what Labour can do to reform the mineworkers’ pension surplus sharing arrangement and get a fairer deal to support retired miners and their families.

Supporting Breast Cancer Now

I’m proud to support the Breast Cancer Now campaign to ensure that by 2050, everyone who’s diagnosed with breast cancer survives.I popped in to their recent parliamentary drop-in, and this Friday I’ll be holding a Barnsley East coffee morning to raise awareness and funds. This is such an important cause, and it would be great to see you there - for details on location and time, feel free to email me at or call my office on 01226 743483.

The Barnsley Spitfire

Brilliant to see the Barnsley Spitfire today! Big well done to everyone at Barnsley Museums​. My Grandad used to work on them when he served in the RAF during WW2. We must never forget those who gave so much for our freedoms today.

Switching on the Barnsley Diwali lights

It was an honour to switch on the Diwali lights in Barnsley. Thank you to everyone at the Gujarat Association of Barnsley and the Indian Welfare Association for their organisation and hospitality. At the start of the Festival of Lights - a happy and peaceful Diwali to all those celebrating.

Supporting the Stairfoot Station Heritage Park group

I was pleased to visit the fantastic new art installation on the site of the old railway station in Stairfoot with Councillor Wayne Johnson and Denise and Robert Stendall.Thanks to volunteers from the Stairfoot Station Heritage Park group for their important work recording our area’s rich industrial heritage. The group was founded in 2017 with the aim of establishing a historical record of Stairfoot. You can find out more about the group’s work on their website:

Visiting St Helen's Catholic Primary School

It was lovely to visit St Helen’s Catholic Primary School in Hoyland recently.Great to chat to headteacher Mrs Wray and meet staff and students on our walk round the school.St Helen’s are collecting stickers for Aldi sports funding - if you have any spare feel free to drop them in!

Visiting RAF Leeming

I’ve spent the day at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, learning about the training, communications and mountain rescue operations that take place there.Looking forward to learning more about the Royal Air Force​ in the year ahead.