MP for Barnsley Central, Dan Jarvis’ Private Members’ Bill will be back in the House of Commons on 9 September for its second reading.
The Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Bill will extend redundancy protections to help safeguard pregnant women and workers returning from maternity leave. The measures will also apply to workers on adoption leave and shared parental leave.
Research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found that 54,000 women a year lose their job for getting pregnant. While three in four working mums say they have experienced pregnancy and maternity discrimination.Read more
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Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to speak here this evening, on my home turf.
Now, before I begin, I understand there’s a sweepstake on the length of my remarks.
Let me just put everyone’s mind at rest… my money went on 82 minutes – so settle in folks!
Turning to what this evening is all about… Councillor Tattersall – our new Mayor – congratulations!Read more
Responding to the allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, South Yorkshire Mayor and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis said:
“This announcement is nothing more than an outrage; a cynical Conservative con that utterly fails South Yorkshire and drives a coach and horses through the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.Read more
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Thank so much Kim for introduction.
And thank you, Conference.
The sun is shining and it’s great to be with you for what will be my final event as Mayor –
I’m proud that it will be in this forum here, with all of you today.Read more
Readers of last week’s edition of the Barnsley Chronicle will have seen the story of Darfield Councillor Pauline Markham, the victim of a despicable and cowardly attack in a local park, simply for serving the public to the best of her ability. In her own words she summed up the injustice, “I was simply a woman who was walking her dog.”
Sadly, Pauline’s story is part of a much wider issue – our collective failure to take violence against women and girls seriously. We’ve seen it locally in the rising instances of girls’ drinks being spiked on nights out, soaring cases of stalking in the last year; and the devastating statistic that 86% of women aged 18-24 in the UK have been sexually harassed.Read more
Lots of people have been getting in touch to ask about my position on the Government's decision to move to Plan B and the votes in Parliament this week. Due to medical reasons I was unable to be in Parliament to vote, however, I wanted to set out my position on this important matter.Read more
Thank you. It is a privilege to be here with you.
Occasions like these are the most humbling times to be a Mayor and an MP.
The political world can sometimes cause cynicism,
but standing here, I am reminded that there is hope.
Hope for the future.
Barnsley has a rich heritage of its sons and daughters stepping out into the world and shaping a better tomorrow.
It is now your turn to follow in their footsteps.
The opportunity that lies ahead of you has been made possible by the wonderful people at the heart of this exceptional institution… everyone from the cleaning staff, maintenance team, kitchen crew, teachers, leadership, and many others.
And so, I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication of all the staff here. Your hard work made today a reality.
"As COP 26 draws to a close in Glasgow today, the climate emergency that confronts the planet has been back at the forefront of many of our minds. Discussions as to whether leaders are going far enough, fast enough will go on when what we really need is action!
"But we have a responsibility too. Here in our part of the world, we can make a difference – that’s why I’ve launched a tree planting scheme, allowing schools, community groups, churches, sports clubs to receive a tree for their grounds, absolutely free of charge, using my Mayoral Salary to fund this charitable work.Read more