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.Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more