In her Barnsley Chronicle column on 25th October, Stephanie wrote about the a recent report on coalfield communities and the difficulties they face, and the work she is doing in Barnsley to bridge the gap. You can read her full comments here.
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 25th October, Stephanie has accused the Government of dragging its feet over plans to increase the maximum sentence for death caused by dangerous driving, as last week marked two years since the Government pledged to do so. On 15th October 2017, the Government promised to introduce life sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving. However, despite claiming a continued commitment to the increase, it has now been two years without the change being made. In that time, Brierley resident Jacqueline Wileman was tragically hit and killed by a HGV stolen by four men, one of whom had an existing conviction for causing death by dangerous driving. In their sentencing all four men were found guilty, but each will serve fewer than 10 years in jail before being released on license. Local MP Peacock has long campaigned with Jacqueline’s family to see the Government increase the maximum sentence, and earlier this year brought her brother Johnny Wood to Parliament to meet with the Government Minister in the MoJ. During that meeting, the Minister once again reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to amending the law, but no change has followed. Stephanie recently challenged the Justice Secretary in the House of Commons on the issue, and further called for a review into the probation service which was involved in the case. Commenting, she said: “It is now two years since the Government promised to increase the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving, and families like Jacqueline’s are still waiting for justice. “I’ve called on the Government time and time again to honour this commitment and make sure no other family has to go through what Jacqueline’s has. “The Government must stop dragging its feet, immediately make this much needed change to the law, and I will continue campaigning on this issue until they do just that.”
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 25th October, Stephanie voted to support the principle of leaving with EU with a Withdrawal Deal in a recent vote in Parliament. Read more below:
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 25th October, there is no let up in Stephanie's campaign with the family of Jacqueline Wileman on sentencing for dangerous driving. Read the full story below.
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 25th October, Stephanie met with Stagecoach Yorkshire’s Commercial Director, John Young, on changes to the 219/219a bus service in Great Houghton.Stagecoach, which operates the service, proposed changes in May which meant that any residents who live further into Great Houghton than the Welfare Hall would no longer have a direct bus link to Doncaster, with the direct bus turning round at the Welfare Hall, with only the bus which terminates at Goldthorpe completing the journey up into the village.Stephanie met with Stagecoach to outline her disappointment at their decision to proceed with these changes despite clear opposition and feedback from residents who use the service.Following Stephanie’s campaign with local residents against these changes, Stagecoach have stated that both of the services will continue into the village prior to 9:30am, ensuring a direct bus link to Doncaster prior to this time.However, with this direct service no longer operating after 9:30am, many residents in Great Houghton will still be left with no direct bus link to Doncaster, something the local MP has described as ‘incredibly disappointing’. Commenting, Stephanie said:“Despite widespread opposition to these changes amongst residents in Great Houghton, Stagecoach has decided to press ahead regardless.“While Stagecoach has relented on part of its plans and maintained the direct link to Doncaster before 9:30am, this still means that for much of the day, many residents in Great Houghton will be left without this important service.“This decision removes or severely restricts the services available to residents – for many of them, particularly elderly residents, this will have a significant impact on them and what they are able to do in their day-to-day lives.“I remain incredibly disappointed that Stagecoach have made these changes, but I will continue to push for improvements so that residents in Great Houghton have access to the best possible bus services.”
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 25th October, Stephanie recently met with local Councillor Wayne Johnson to discuss an art installation on the Trans-Pennine Trail in Stairfoot, which celebrates Stairfoot’s heritage.The art was installed by the Stairfoot Station Heritage Park group, which was founded in 2017 with the aim of establishing a historical record of Stairfoot, which is being recorded on the group’s website.The art installation is based on the site of the old Stairfoot railway station.Commenting, Stephanie said:“Here in Barnsley, we’re blessed with such a rich and proud industrial heritage, from mining to the important role of our local railways in shaping our area.“That’s why I’m so pleased that the Stairfoot Station Heritage Park group has been founded, to record and preserve that heritage, and it was fantastic to learn about this impressive work of art commemorating another central part of our area’s rich history.”
In her Barnsley Chronicle column on 11th October, Stephanie wrote about the climate emergency, and the importance in tackling the threat cause by climate change. You can read her full comments here.
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 11th October, Stephanie and her Barnsley colleague Dan Jarvis MP wrote to the EU this week to encourage the chances of agreeing a deal that would see the UK leaving the EU with key protections in place. You can read more about her letter below: