As reported in the Barnsley Gazette and Barnsley Chronicle on September 20th, Stephanie is undertaking an official programme with the Royal Air Force 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.
This is the second such undertaking for the MP, who over the last year spent time with the army, visiting a range of locations across the country to participate in activities from live firing exercises to the army’s new physical entry examination.
Following the success of her placements with the army, the local MP will now spend a number of days – mainly during Parliamentary recess time – in training with the RAF, 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 time 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 RAF and wider armed forces.
Commenting, Stephanie said:
“As a proud supporter of our armed forces, it’s a privilege to continue my association with them as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.
“Following my time spent with the army, this year’s scheme will give me the opportunity to spend time with our fantastic RAF, and learn more about the crucial issues facing our armed forces and those serving in them.
“I’m excited to get stuck in over the next year and observe first-hand the vital role our RAF plays in the UK’s defence.”