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.
The Government’s got it wrong on grammars. They are wrong to claim that expanding grammar schools will help the poorest children, who are less likely to get into grammar schools, less likely to do well even if they do, and fall further behind better-off children if they don’t. Instead of harking back to myths from the 1950s, the Government should focus on what really matters: world class early years services, the best possible teachers and heads, and ending the divide between academic and vocational qualifications once and for all. Yesterday I challenged the Government on this. You can watch me asking the Secretary of State for Education about this here, and you can read the response here.
Yesterday, I questioned the Government about its Brexit plans. I campaigned to stay in the EU, but it’s right that we accept the result of the referendum. I’m determined to do my best to hold the Government to account and ensure we get the best possible deal for people in Leicester and the rest of the UK. You can read my question and the response here or watch the video here.
As your local MP, I want to hear what you think about local mental health services and how we can make Leicester a healthier place to live. You can let me know your ideas and experiences by taking part in my quick survey, so we can start a proper conversation about mental health in Leicester. It only takes two minutes. CLICK HERE to take the survey now.
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.