I questioned the Secretary of State this morning on the inequality in national lottery funding.

So many local organisations, projects and community groups depend on national lottery funding in Barnsley East, yet since 1995 the £13m granted to Barnsley East is dwarfed by funding awarded elsewhere.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s seat of Maidenhead has received £63.9 in grants, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s wealthy Runnymede and Weybridge patch in Surrey has been awarded over twice as much with £27m, and the West Suffolk constituency of Tory Culture Secretary Matt Hancock had received over £22m.

It’s just not good enough for Tory ministers to hide from this issue when they are overseeing a system that is clearly unfair to people in Barnsley – it’s time that towns like ours got our fair share.

You can watch the video of my question here

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