After years of campaigning alongside Johnny Wood, I welcome the Government's announcement that they will increase max sentences for dangerous driving to life. At every step, the justice system let Jackie's family down.We need tougher sentences & a functioning probation system now.You can watch my comments in Parliament here.
This month, the first people with Child Trust Funds will turn 18.Introduced by the last Labour Government, CTFs will make a real difference to millions of young people, including the nearly 9000 covered by the scheme in Barnsley East before it was abolished by the Tories in 2011.
Today marks Battle of Britain Day.On the 80th anniversary of a day which proved a decisive turning point in the Battle of Britain, we remember those who fought in the RAF and sacrificed so much to defend our freedom, including those from Barnsley. https://www.rafbf.org/battle-of-britain
I met with the National Infrastructure Commission to discuss flood prevention and defences. Last year, businesses and homes across South Yorkshire, and the rest of the country, were devastated by floods. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/flooding-response-still-inadequate-seven-months-later-stephanie-peacock-2905346
Everyone can join in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British September Clean!This runs until 27th September - you can pick up litter while out for a walk with friends and family or even whilst walking the dog. Click this link to pledge to pick up litter in your area: https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean/pledge-to-pick
I asked the Government to explain why they still haven’t held the SY Flood Summit promised last November.My Q was to the Secretary of State. He couldn’t be bothered to listen, let alone answer.Instead the Minister made excuses for him and Boris Johnson , refusing to set a date.You can watch my question in Parliament here.
Today marks Back British Farming Day!It's been great to visit local farms like New Hall Farm in Ardsley since I became your MP.Let's celebrate and back our farming industry by buying produce and supporting local farms wherever we can.
When I met Virgin Money in July, they committed to hold drop-in sessions in Wombwell to support customers after the closure of the Yorkshire Bank.The sessions start tomorrow, 9th September, with others on 16th and 23rd from 10-3 at the Library - contact Virgin Money for more info.Read more here.
I was pleased to speak for the Labour Party in the Fisheries Bill debate in Parliament.Today the Bill moves to its next stage, where we will continue to fight for sustainable fisheries management, that protects jobs and helps our UK fishing industry get back on its feet after COVID-19.You can watch part of my speech here.
Interesting walkabout on Wombwell Ings.Good to learn more about the role of the Ings in conservation work and tackling flooding.Chatted about the importance of improving the flood defence and prevention measures in an area where the River Dove meets the Dearne.