Wishing you a merry Christmas and all the best for 2016

I hope you get the chance over Christmas to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. It has been a busy year and I want to thank everyone for their support.

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Busiest Time of Year For Posties

This morning I visited the main Royal Mail delivery centre in Barnsley, to see for myself the co-ordination and effort that goes into ensuring they can cope during the festive period.

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Remembrance Sunday: a day to reflect on our past, present and our shared future

This Sunday I’ll be joining with people across Barnsley to take part in our community’s memorial for the fallen. Together we will be sharing a moment with millions of people across our country in remembrance of the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for us down the ages.

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Time to reconnect with Britain

Standing in the conference hall on Saturday, you couldn’t miss the different reactions to the announcement of the new Labour leader. It was a reflection of the broad church that is the Labour Party.

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Concerns about potential fracking sites in Barnsley

Many people have contacted me regarding the recent decision to grant fracking licenses in the Barnsley area. Although the site in question, which covers part of the Dearne Valley, is not in my constituency of Barnsley Central, I am still very concerned about the potential impact on the environment of the local area and the community. I appreciate people taking the time to raise this important matter with me, as it is always very useful to receive information from constituents so that I am best placed to raise their concerns in Parliament.

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My vote to oppose the Welfare Reform & Work Bill

This week I voted in the House of Commons to oppose the Welfare Reform & Work Bill. I want to set out the context and the reasons behind my vote – particularly as there has been a lot of misreporting of what is in the Bill and a lack of clarity about parliamentary procedures.

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We can’t dodge the hard questions on Britain’s role in Afghanistan - Guardian

On 11 June Dan joined Prince Harry and the Prime Minister at a special commemoration service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The service was held in honour of those who served in Afghanistan and their families, and saw the war memorial from Camp Bastion returned to Britain for the first time.

Having served three tours in Afghanistan, Dan has spoken about how we must use this moment both to remember those who lost their lives but also to inform future UK foreign policy. He wrote a reflections on this for The Guardian, which you cna read in full below:

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Statement: Erik Scurfield

Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central, commenting on reports of the death of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield in Syria, said:

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It felt like they were a long way from home. My thoughts for Remembrance Sunday.

It’s nearly 4 years since I left the Army and entered Parliament. Over that period I have often thought about those I served alongside who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Raising awareness in Barnsley about spotting early signs of cancer

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) were in Barnsley last week, outside the Asda supermarket, as part of their Cancer Awareness Roadshow. I joined their nurses to help raise awareness about the importance of spotting cancer early.

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