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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NatWest must rethink decision to close vital Royston branch

The NatWest bank in Royston provides a vital service to local residents and organisations. That's why I have been campaigning with local residents and councillors to try and reverse the decision to close it.

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Statement on Rotherham child abuse report

Statement from Dan Jarvis, Member of Parliament for Barnsley Central:

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Celebrities, singers and sportsmen help me support the Barnsley Youth Choir

In July 2014 the 8th World Choir Games takes place in Riga, Latvia. Forty-four talented young people have the opportunity to represent Barnsley Youth Choir, our town and Great Britain at this prestigious event.

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Huffington Post article: Addressing a Casualisation of Violence - Youth Justice

The government's recent announcement on young people in the justice system has led to debate about not just how young offenders can be prevented from reoffending but how young people can be prevented from offending in the first place.

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2014, Labour's year of...commemoration

As we focus our attention upon the centenary commemorations for the first world war next year, there are those who are already saying we should seek to answer the fundamental question of why Britain went to war in the first instance.

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