Barnsley East loneliness survey

I spoke to Hallam FM about the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on young people - you can listen to my comments here.Lots are feeling lonely and down right now.The anonymous survey below is for young people but anyone can fill it in.I'll do my best to get Barnsley youths the support they need.

My thoughts on the failed Tory privatisation of probation services

Five years of failed Tory privatisation of probation services have left dangerous offenders inadequately supervised.Reoffending rates have risen to 32%. My constituent, Jacqueline Wileman, was hit and killed when four men, with nearly 100 convictions between them, stole an HGV in 2018.Cases cannot simply be passed over.There needs to be more funding for probation services.In 2017 the Government committed to reviewing sentencing guidelines for convictions of death by dangerous driving but it's 2020 and they haven't changed.I will continue to stand alongside Jackie's brother, Johnny Wood, in his fight to get justice.

Pressing the Government to make water bills affordable

Today I made my first speech from the Despatch Box as Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Water and Flooding.Water bills have skyrocketed since privatisation.I pressed the Government on making bills affordable & pushed for investment in water and sewage systems to make them fit for purpose.You can watch my comments in Parliament here.

Barnsley Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is back & virtual!Barnsley kids are encouraged to read as many books as they can this summer. Check out Barnsley Libraries for activities and challenges.Parents can sign up with their children using this link:

Speaking to talkRADIO about protecting our fishing industry

I spoke on talkRADIO about protecting our UK fishing industry.The Government should support our fishing fleet, ensure British fish is sold in UK markets, create more jobs, support sustainable fishing and protect coastal communities.You can listen to part of my comments here.

Meeting with UK Fisheries

Thank you to UK Fisheries Ltd for the very informative virtual Parliamentary briefing on the upcoming Fisheries Bill and the UK's distant waters fishing fleet. Our UK fishing industry must be protected in upcoming negotiations.

International Museum Day

We recently marked International Museum Day! Experience Barnsley's latest podcast speaks to elderly members of our community to find out what it was like to live in Barnsley when they were younger.A great resource to explore with kids if you're home-schooling at the moment.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

We recently marked 30 years of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.I am proud to stand with the LGBT+ community.Everyone deserves to live and love freely.

Meeting the PCC and Chief Constable

It was good to virtually meet with the PCC & Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police recently.We discussed COVID-19 lockdown powers and police forces' public engagement as well as anti-social behaviour and rural crime.If you have any issues you would like me to raise with the police please get in touch with my office on 01226 743 483 or

Voting to amend the Agriculture Bill

Right now millions of families are going hungry.This situation cannot be allowed to continue.I recently voted to amend the Agriculture Bill to support vulnerable households.It's very disappointing the Government do not agree.We urgently need a plan to end Coronavirus food poverty.