I recently voted in the 1st online House of Commons vote.I've spoken in the Virtual Parliament on issues from COVID-19 to the Domestic Abuse Bill.It’s so important democracy continues at this time.I look forward to carrying on fighting for the issues that matter to our community.
My mum spent 40 years as a nurse in our wonderful NHS.On International Nurses Day and Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday I want to thank all of the nurses who are caring for our community at this difficult time.You can watch the Royal College of Nurses' video to mark International Nurses Day here.
If you've got kids at home at the moment have a look at Barnsley Museum's new blogsite.It's got loads of great stories about the Museum's sites & collections as well as their latest podcast. https://barnsleymuseums.art.blog/
In the next 80 days, I'll be walking & jogging 80km as part of the Royal Air Force Museum's Hurricane80Challenge to commemorate 80 years since the Battle of Britain, and in memory of my Grandad, who served in the RAF in WW2.I'll be undertaking this challenge in a safe, socially-distanced way.I recently took part in the RAF's Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme and saw first hand the professionalism and dedication of service personnel. Click this link to find out more about the virtual challenge.
As Parliamentary Chair of Hope Not Hate, I'm really proud of the work they have done on their Heroes of the Resistance project to mark VE Day.It's important we remember the bravery of those who stood up to hate.Take a moment to have a look here.
The law should protect domestic abuse survivors instead of leaving them open to more abuse and trauma.Abusers who've been convicted of trying to murder their spouses can claim money and assets in divorce proceedings.In the Domestic Abuse Bill debate, I called for the law to change.You can watch my comments in Parliament here.
This May Day I want to thank the key workers, NHS frontline staff and care workers who are making our community proud every day of this crisis.This week I virtually attended Barnsley's International Workers' Memorial Day event, held to honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness at work.Every year, more people die in workplaces than war.We must remember the dead and fight for the living now more than ever.
Following my first question in the Virtual Parliament, I've written to Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to ask when his Department will publish and act on its consultation on the National Lottery Age Limit, which allows 16-year-olds to gamble: https://bit.ly/2VNo2SZI recently asked if the Government will restrict targeted gambling ads on social media to protect vulnerable online gamblers during the COVID-19 crisis.Urgent action is needed.You can watch my question in Parliament here.
Thank you to the posties who are keeping us connected during these difficult times.Happy Postal Workers Day!
I spoke in the virtual Parliament on the Domestic Abuse Bill.Survivors deserve a justice system that protects them.I’m proud to add my name to Gloria De Piero’s campaign to stop spouses convicted of attempted murder from claiming joint assets.The law must be changed.Our courts shouldn’t be tools through which abusers can continue to abuse their former partners. I also spoke about Louise Haigh’s campaign to reform the Family Court system to prevent the re-traumatisation of survivors and protect children.