Meeting on Northern Rail

I met with the Rail Minister and representatives from the DfT Operator of Last Resort (DOHL) and Network Rail to discuss the impact of stripping the rail franchise from Northern.   I raised the unacceptable delays and cancellations experienced by passengers over the last few years.   We discussed the logistical challenges of changing the train operator as well as the capacity of trains, the cost of travel and getting new trains for Barnsley travellers.   I will be meeting them again in two months so please get in touch if you would like an update or have a query.

Calling for Universal Credit to be scrapped

Universal Credit has left too many households struggling to make ends meet.It should be scrapped.You can watch my comments on this in Parliament here.

Backing Macmillan's Save Our Support campaign

I’m calling on the Government to fully fund our cancer workforce.Our hardworking doctors and nurses need resources now.

Visiting The Book Vault

I was glad to pop into The Book Vault, Barnsley's new independent bookstore, on their launch day!I found a weekend read.

Leading a debate on flooding in South Yorkshire

I recently led a debate in Parliament about the recent flooding that hit Barnsley and South Yorkshire.We need the Government to commit funds urgently to support homes and businesses affected and invest in flood defence measures to stop damage like this from happening again.You can watch part of my speech in the debate here.

Debate on flooding in South Yorkshire

Later today I am leading a debate on flooding in South Yorkshire.Please get in touch with my office at to share your stories of the November Floods.We need more investment in our flood defences and recovery now.

Signing the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment

We should never forget the horrors of the Holocaust.I signed the Book of Commitment in memory of the six million victims who lost their lives.We must stand up to antisemitism and hatred in all its forms.

Questioning the Government on the Domestic Abuse Bill

The Government must bring back the Domestic Abuse Bill with a provision to stop spouses convicted of violence against their partners from claiming money in divorce proceedings.Gloria De Piero campaigned to end this injustice and we’ll keep pushing the Government for action.It’s vital the survivors of domestic abuse are given the resources they need to escape safely and recover. The bill, which was put on hold due to the election, is an important step towards giving survivors the support they deserve.I recently questioned the Government on this in Parliament - you can watch my question here.

Meeting with the Community First Credit Union

It was good to meet with Gary, CEO of the Community First Credit Union in Wombwell.We discussed the work the Union does and the challenges they face – find out more about their work on their website:

Visiting Oakhill Primary Academy

It was lovely to visit Oakhill Primary Academy in Stairfoot.Good to meet with the headteacher Mrs McCarthy, and thanks to Heidi and Lilly for the tour!