It is an honour to be here with you today.
I’d like to pay tribute to everyone at the Western Front Association.
Not just for your efforts that have gone into organising today’s commemoration, but for your tireless work all year round to preserve the memory of those who fought and fell in the First World War.
The strength of your Association lies in knowing when we join to say, “We will remember them”
it is more than sentiment.
It is belief in the value of our shared history.
It is respect in the notion of true solidarity with those who serve and who continue to serve us.
Above all, it is understanding that Remembrance is timeless –
not simply about what came before, but something that lives within us, something we will pass on through the generations.
Alongside other Labour Metro Mayors, South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis has called on the Government to scrap the cut to Universal Credit.
A quarter of families in South Yorkshire will have their incomes cut by more than £1,000 a year, at a time of economic crisis, and a planned increase in National Insurance.Read more
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Like many Honourable Members I’m wracked with profound sadness at the catastrophe unfolding in Afghanistan.
It is an unspeakable tragedy for the people of that country, who after generations of conflict now live under a terrible cloud of fear and repression.Read more
Barnsley Central MP and South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis took part in a site visit at Lang Avenue, Lundwood to meet with officers from Barnsley Council and Yorkshire Water and discuss the ongoing flood alleviation works.Read more
Worker’s Memorial Day is always a poignant moment each year. It’s an opportunity to reflect on those workers who’ve lost their lives in the workplace. It’s a chance to pay tribute to the incredible campaigning efforts of our trade union and labour movement. And it’s a chance to recommit ourselves to the fight for a better, safer world of work.Read more
Last weekend, The Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest at the grand old age of 99. I was grateful for the opportunity to attend a memorial service to the Duke’s life and to pay tribute to his lifetime of public service. Prince Philip’s was a life of extraordinary variety. From his service as the long-serving consort to the Queen throughout their 73 years of marriage; to the inspiration he provided to millions of young people – including (many moons ago!) me on an unforgettable expedition up the Himalayas – through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. His was truly a life well-lived.Read more
On a sunny Sunday afternoon recently, I took part in a two hour Zoom meeting – the kind of which has become the norm in the last 12 months! – on the issue of Community Wealth Building. I’ll admit it, at first mention it’s not something that will set many pulses racing. But the reason that those on that call were willing to give up a nice Sunday afternoon is because this is an idea with the potential to reshape how our economy works.Read more
From 19 July, most Covid legal restrictions have lifted. Whilst it is very welcome that we on the road back to normality, positive cases and the numbers of people having to self-isolate is increasing rapidly – with Barnsley amongst the top ten hotspots in the country. This underlines the fact that we aren’t yet out of the woods.Read more