As reported in the Barnsley Gazette and Barnsley Chronicle on 5th October, Stephanie is undertaking an official programme with the British armed forces as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS).
The AFPS is a year-long course that gives parliamentarians the opportunity to learn more about the armed forces alongside service personnel in one of the branches of the military.
The local MP will spend a number of days – mainly during Parliamentary recess time – in training with the army, spending time with frontline personnel, visiting bases, observing forces on deployment and at some point embedding with a unit for a longer period.
Having already spent several days at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham being familiarised with the workings of the military, the Barnsley East MP is hoping the time spent working alongside serving personnel will give her a greater insight into the armed forces.
Commenting, Stephanie said:
“As a proud supporter of our armed forces, it’s a privilege to be taking part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.
“It’s a great opportunity to spend time working with the army in particular, and learn more about the crucial issues facing our armed forces and those serving in them.
“I’m looking forward to getting stuck in over the next year and seeing first-hand the vital role our armed forces play in the UK’s defence.”