I wasn't born in Barnsley but I chose to make it home. And In the early hours of June 9th, the election results came in and I was asked to make make my first speech as Barnsley East's MP to a cheering crowd at the Metrodome. It was one of the proudest days of my life. Continue reading
This morning I was proud to be officially sworn in as Member of Parliament for Barnsley East. I'm looking forward to getting to work.
This morning I chatted to Toby Foster on the BBC Radio Sheffield breakfast programme. We discussed my first few days in the job and my plans for Barnsley East.You can listen to my interview here, from around 52 minutes in.
On Tuesday evening, I was interviewed for a quick feature on Look North's evening news. I gave an insight into my first few days here and my first impressions of Westminster. In case you missed it, you can catch up and watch it here (it starts at around 8 minutes and 8 seconds in): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08tkz37/look-north-yorkshire-evening-news-13062017
After travelling down from Wombwell on Monday, I've been given my first insight into Parliament this week. It's fascinating to see the building and begin to find my way around, and the new Labour MPs were allowed into the House of Commons chamber itself for the first time. But there's no time to be overawed. It's somewhere I plan to spend a lot more time, giving Barnsley East its voice down here and speaking loud enough to make sure the Government can't ignore us like it has in the past.
I am very proud to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Barnsley East, and I want to thank everybody who has put their trust in me to represent you in Westminster.
Today I visited the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to meet the chair of trustees Peter McNestry and Chief Executive Gary Ellis. The Trust was established by the Labour Government in 1999 with the intention of investing in coalfield communities that were left behind by pit closures and are still suffering from the effects today. Since it was established, the Trust has invested hundreds of millions of pounds in coalfield communities across England, Wales and Scotland, supporting projects that help people develop skills to gain qualifications, find work, set up businesses and grow existing ones, and to encourage people to be more active in their communities. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is a fantastic organisation that is needed now more than ever in communities scarred by the legacy of closure and a significant lack of investment. Tory cuts to vital services has made this situation even worse. Today's meeting provided a great opportunity to discuss the Coalfields Regeneration Trust with Peter and Gary, and if elected next week, I look forward to working with them.