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Helping hard-pressed families stretch their budgets

We all hear stories in the news about food going to waste from supermarkets and a lot of us question why it can’t be used to help people who need it.

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Opening up Parliament

Ensuring our young people get the best opportunities in life has always been one of my priorities. No career choice should be closed off to them.

Yet it is still hard to get into a wide range of ‘establishment’ industries – such as the media, law and financial services. Sadly, there seems to still be a perception that Parliament is also one of those places.

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Statement about the suspension of the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police

The decision of the jury at the Hillsborough inquest has finally brought to light the truth about this appalling miscarriage of justice.

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Ongoing concerns about potential fracking in Barnsley

I remain very concerned about recent developments regarding potential fracking sites in Barnsley.

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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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