On 12 October, I took part in a debate the Government’s plans to leave the European Union. I spoke about the impact of the huge fall in the pound since the referendum on the lives of ordinary people. I will continue to hold the Government to account for its decisions about Brexit to make sure we get the best possible deal for Britain. You can read my speech here or watch the video here.
On the 11th of October I took part in a Commons debate about the ongoing civil war in Syria, which has created an humanitarian tragedy of unimaginable proportions. I will continue to follow this issue closely and press the British government to take action to protect Syrian civilians. You can read my question here.
I recently took part in a “speed mentoring” event organised by the WOW (Women of the World) festival. This brought together 250 11-18 year old girls with women in senior positions from different walks of life including engineering, sport, business, arts and the media, and politics.
Supporting children to be ambitious and successful in whatever field they choose is a big passion of mine and I will continue to do all I can to help young women and men to fulfill their potential. You can read more here.
Last Friday, I visited B-Inspired, which is providing work and training opportunities for people in Braunstone. It’s a fantastic charity at the heart of the local community.
B-Inspired’s ‘Active Leicester’ project has been providing free sport sessions to local residents, giving them the chance to try something new. The Rio Olympics and Paralympics show that we have some of the greatest athletes in the world, but everyone has to start somewhere.
You can see what’s on offer and get involved here: http://www.activeleicesterbrf.co.uk/…/month.ca…/2016/09/09/-
On Thursday 8th September, I held a further meeting to give residents a chance to put forward their questions about plans for a new housing development on Blackbird Road Playing Fields direct to Barratt Homes and the City Council.
This follows my previous public meeting in July where I asked the Council to delay any progress on the application. This has been agreed and there is still time to submit your views to the Council. You can do this at www.leicester.gov.uk/planning
A number of residents voiced their concerns that the housing development would increase the traffic in the area, impact on local schools, GP surgeries and the natural environment. I will be raising these concerns with the City Council to ensure that they are given careful consideration and will continue to work closely on this issue.
I’m campaigning for more affordable housing in Leicester West – including building more rented social housing – and help for homeowners through the recession.
As Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People I’m campaigning for better services and support for older people, carers and their families, and a sustainable system for funding social care in future.
I’m working to help your family by pressing for faster progress in local schools, more improvements in our NHS, and continued investment in children’s early years.
Helping businesses and making sure people have got the skills and training they need to work and earn a decent living is a top priority in Leicester West.