Stephanie's Donation to BSARCS

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 19th July, Stephanie visited the Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Services (BSARCS) to donate to hand over a cheque over over £1,600. The money was raised by the Barnsley East MP in the London Marathon for the local charity which provides specialist services for people affected by sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, and any kind of sexual violence. Commenting, Stephanie said: “BSARCS is a local organisation that does vital work supporting vulnerable people in Barnsley. “The specialist services they deliver are crucial to helping people affected by sexual violence of any kind, and hopefully the money raised will help them continue to make a huge difference in our community. “I want to thank all the people in Barnsley who sponsored me, and I’ll continue to support the fantastic BSARCS in any way I can.”  

Barnsley Academy Breakfast Awards

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 12th July, Stephanie recently spoke at the Barnsley Academy celebratory breakfast.The yearly event, held to celebrate the achievements of the Academy’s outstanding students, was also attended by local councillors Wayne Johnson and John Clarke, and the South Yorkshire Police Commander for Barnsley, Scott Green.During her speech, Stephanie congratulated the students on their success, spoke about the importance of hard work in achieving your goals, and spoke about the real difference young people here in Barnsley can make in their communities.Commenting, Stephanie said:“It was a real pleasure to attend the Barnsley Academy celebratory breakfast.“It was great to meet so many talented, dedicated young people, and to hear about their outstanding achievements at Barnsley Academy over the last year.“We’re so fortunate that, here in Barnsley, we have so many brilliant, hard working young people who are keen to make a difference in their community, and I can’t wait to see what they achieve in future.”  

Column: Breast Cancer Diagnosis

In her Barnsley Chronicle column on 5th July, Stephanie wrote about the importance of screening in tackling breast cancer, and her efforts to secure a Parliamentary debate on what more can be done to increase early diagnosis. You can read her full comments here.

Supporting Assistance Dog Users

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 5th July, Stephanie is supporting a campaign to tackle discrimination against guide dog owners. More than a hundred guide dog owners from across the country recently converged on Parliament to share their experiences of being turned away by businesses because of their dog. At the event, the Barnsley MP spoke to guide dog owners about the lasting impact of these refusals. It is against the law to refuse access to a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog except in the most exceptional circumstances. Despite this, a new Guide Dogs survey found that over three out of every four assistance dog owners had been turned away because of their dog. Taxis and minicabs were often cited – experienced by 73 percent of those reporting refusals in the last twelve months. Refusals at restaurants, newsagents and high street shops were also common.  Guide Dogs are calling for all taxi and minicab drivers to be required to take disability equality training, so they are aware of the rights of disabled passengers. Guide Dogs also supports changes to equality legislation to make action against businesses who refuse access easier. Commenting, Stephanie said: “It was disappointing to hear how common these incidents of discrimination are for assistance dog owners. No one should be turned away on their local high street because of their assistance dog. “I support Guide Dogs’ Access All Areas campaign to ensure all businesses are aware that assistance dog owners have the same rights as anyone else to go about their daily lives, and should not have the door shut in their face. “We need to use education to tackle the misunderstandings that cause access refusals, and make sure businesses are held accountable when they occur.”

Barnsley Youth Choir 10th Anniversary

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 28th June, this week marks the Barnsley Youth Choir's 10th Anniversary. Commenting, Stephanie said:

Children's Funding Petition

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 28th June, along with other MPs, Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis, and Leader of Barnsley Council Sir Steve Houghton, Stephanie handed in a petition to Downing Street last week calling for the Prime Minister to make mre funding available for local children's service. Read more below. Commenting, Stephanie said: “Children’s services have been gutted by cuts under this Government, and it’s young people in places like Barnsley that have felt the effects. “At the start of her premiership, Theresa May talked about tackling ‘burning injustices’, and now at the end she has the opportunity to do just that. “Alongside colleagues up and down the country we called on the Prime Minister to take action before it’s too late, and make sure young people in Barnsley don’t pay the price of Tory austerity for any longer”

Ladywood School Visit

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on June 28th, Stephanie  visited Ladywood Primary School recently to meet with their School Council.The School Council recently visited Parliament, where they discussed issues in their local area.Following their visit, they met with Stephanie to talk through those issues, as well as chatting about her role as their MP and ways they can get involved in their local community.Commenting, Stephanie said:“It’s always a pleasure to visit local schools and chat to bright, engaged young people here in Barnsley. “So it was lovely to pop in to Ladywood Primary School and meet with the School Council.“We chatted about my role as their MP and issues in our local area, and it was great to hear how excited they are to get more involved in our community.”  

Chamber of Commerce Meeting

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 28th June, Stephanie recently met with representatives of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce at her office in Hoyland.The meeting was held with Andrew Deniff, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, and Matt Travis, who manages Enzygo, a Sheffield-based environmental consultancy.During the meeting, Stephanie, Andrew and Matt discussed regional business issues, along with ways Stephanie can support local businesses and enterprise in her constituency of Barnsley East.Commenting, Stephanie said:“It was a real pleasure to meet with the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.“We had a really productive meeting, discussing a range of issues affecting local businesses here in Barnsley and right across South Yorkshire.“I look forward to continuing my work in supporting local businesses here in Barnsley, and working with the Chamber of Commerce in future.”

Armed Forces Day Flag Raising

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 28th June, Stephanie recently attended the Armed Forces Day flag raising ceremony in Barnsley town centre.The yearly event, held to mark the start of the week leading up to Armed Forces Day, was held at the war memorial outside Barnsley Town Hall. Stephanie joined leader of Barnsley Council Sir Steve Houghton and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis at the ceremony. Commenting, Stephanie said:“As a long-standing backer of our armed forces, I’ll always do all I can to support service personnel and veterans.“Armed Forces Day is a fantastic opportunity to support our armed forces community here in Barnsley and around the country.“So it was an honour to attend this important event here in Barnsley, as we marked the start of the week leading up to Armed Forces Day.”

Little Litter Champions

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport and Barnsley Chronicle on 28th June, Stephanie has launched her ‘Little Litter Champions’ campaign in partnership with schools in her constituency. The campaign, a summer holiday project for local students, aims to educate on the importance of recycling, and tackling litter to protect the environment. The campaign also asks the children taking part to consider environmentally friendly alternatives, from reusable tote bags to paper straws. Said Stephanie: “As a former teacher myself, I know just how important a summer project can be for students, to fill the long summer holiday, and make a real difference in the community at the same time.That’s why I’m so pleased to have launched my ‘Little Litter Champions’ campaign in partnership with local schools. “This is a fantastic way for young people in our area to learn more about environmentally friendly alternatives, and how we can better protect our beautiful local environment here in Barnsley.”