Calling on the Government to ban the Order of the Nine Angles

As Parliamentary Chair of HOPE not hate I called on the Government to ban the Nazi-Satanist cult, the Order of the Nine Angles.In March, we coordinated a letter to Priti Patel from HOPE not hate and a group of cross-party MPs.I’m urging the Home Office to reconsider its decision.You can watch part of my comments in Parliament here.

Calling for investment in flood defences

I’m glad the Government have realised that investment in sustainable flood defence projects makes far more sense than paying for repairs time and time again.These funds are still not enough. South Yorkshire needed a down payment of £271m.We got £16m.

Meeting with Barnsley Youth Council, Youth SEND Forum and Care4Us Council

Good virtual meeting with Barnsley Youth Council, Youth SEND Forum and Care4Us Council.Great to chat to young people who want to make a real difference in our community - we spoke about issues from mental health support to tackling knife crime to local transport here in Barnsley.

Public meeting on speeding and anti-social behaviour on our roads

I held a meeting alongside John Healey MP with residents worried about speeding and anti-social behaviour on our roads, particularly Dearne Valley Parkway and Cortonwood.Thank you to South Yorkshire Police, councillors and everyone who attended.Please get in touch if you would like more info.

Questioning the Government on unsafe medicines and devices

Unsafe medicines and devices have caused years of suffering for women whose concerns and symptoms were dismissed as "women's problems".Many wait years for a proper diagnosis.I called on the Government to act now to ensure everyone's voices are heard in our healthcare system.You can watch my question in Parliament here.

Barnsley Pride

Today should have been Barnsley Pride, but it has sadly been cancelled due to COVID-19.It's a real shame that we can't be together this year - please do continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines, and hopefully, we can be back together to celebrate Pride here in Barnsley soon.

Virtual public meeting on speeding on the Dearne Valley Parkway

I know many people are concerned about speeding anti-social behaviour on the Dearne Valley Parkway.I'm hosting a virtual public meeting with John Healey MP next Monday to discuss how to tackle these issues.If you would like to attend, email:

Update on TV licences for the over 75s

Free TV licences help elderly people who suffer from social isolation and loneliness get through the day.I completely disagree with the recent decision and will continue to call on the Government to properly fund services for pensioners. This includes keeping TV licences free.Read more here.

Visiting Barnsley Foodbank

I visited and made a donation to Barnsley Foodbank in Wombwell. A huge thank you to all their workers and volunteers helping out at this time.The amount they are distributing to families in our community has nearly tripled since the COVID-19 outbreak started – if you can make a donation I know it’ll be gratefully received.You can click here for drop off points and items that are needed. I know they are always grateful for donations, particularly pasta, tinned goods, nappies and toiletries:

Meeting with Water UK

I met with Water UK to discuss challenges to our water supply and how we can make the UK's water infrastructure environmentally sustainable and value for money for customers.