Supporting local businesses

I started today with a full English brekkie at Tinker's Cafe in Hoyland Common.Local pubs, restaurants and cafes need our help to get back on their feet after COVID-19.If you’re out and about, I’d recommend visiting one of our many great Barnsley businesses.

NHS Parliamentary Awards

Nominations are open for the NHS Parliamentary Awards!This is a fantastic chance to recognise the work of the NHS and care heroes who have given everything to support our community.Find out more about the Awards and how you can nominate someone here:

Calling on the Government to address A Level results unfairness

The Government’s handling of A Level results has been nothing short of chaotic. The system used has been incredibly unfair to so many young people here in Barnsley, and I have been in touch with Barnsley College to discuss the impact this has had on their students.I am supporting Barnsley College’s calls for the Government to: ✅ award teacher assessed grades✅ fix the grading system now so that GCSE students don’t face the same unfairness next week✅ streamline the appeals process so it is able to cope with a higher level of appeals Young people here in Barnsley deserve so much better from this Government. They must listen and take action to address this unfairness now.

A Level results day

To everyone across Barnsley East who has received their results today, you should be incredibly proud of your hard work and everything that you have achieved in the most difficult of circumstances this year.I know that there will also be many people left frustrated by results being unfairly downgraded and last minute changes which have left the system in chaos.We have had confirmation from Universities UK that any constituents who are concerned that the grades they received today will affect their first choice university offer, are strongly encouraged to get in touch with the admissions departments of the university they applied for. Universities should be flexible in these unprecedented circumstances. My office has also been provided with a contact for Ofqual for queries about results. If you have any emergency queries that you want to raise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office and we will do what we can to raise these with Ofqual and get answers wherever we can. You can reach me at and my office phone number is 01226 743 483.

School Uniform Exchange

Last summer, I launched my School Uniform Exchange in partnership with Barnsley Council, asking parents to drop off unwanted or unneeded items of uniform so that these could be distributed to families who need them.Given the pandemic and the importance of maintaining social distancing, I'm asking residents to email me at or call my office on 01226 743483 to check what items of uniform are available and arrange a time to donate or collect uniform at my office.

Democracy Design art competition

This summer Parliament is celebrating 150 years of the Houses of Parliament.Children between 6-15 years can take part in the 'Democracy Design' art competition!See this link for more info:

Visiting Geeves Brewery

I popped into Geeves Brewery in Stairfoot to mark International Beer Day. I chatted to Peter about the challenges they are facing and the real ale they produce -   Local breweries and pubs are struggling - support your local where you can.

Visiting Barnsley Brew

Fantastic visit to Barnsley Brew in Grimethorpe recently.We chatted about the support they had received to help them through the last few months and they got me roasting some coffee beans on their new machine.

Calling for tougher sentences for causing death by dangerous driving

Nearly two years after the death of Jackie Wileman, her family are still waiting for the Government to toughen sentences for those guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.I spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield about why the Government must act now to change the law.You can listen to part of my interview here.

Meeting Greenpeace

I met with Greenpeace UK to discuss their current campaigns, which include: ✅ Calling on the Government to take action on the climate emergency ✅ Ensuring all food imports meet the same environmental, safety & animal welfare standards as food that is currently produced in the UK.✅ Banning super trawlers from Protected Marine Areas. I will continue to campaign for a greener economy that not only protects our environment but also delivers thousands of green jobs to areas like ours. In the upcoming Fisheries Bill, I will be calling for sustainable fisheries management to protect the future of our UK fishing industry and fleet.Read more here.