On my most recent visit to Braunstone Community Primary School, I spoke in an assembly about my role as a local MP and discussed many of the career opportunities that exist if children aim high and work hard. I also took part in a reading session with a smaller group of young children to reinforce the importance of literacy in all aspects of their life.
My visit took place during Primary Futures Week, a national drive to promote the Inspiring the Future programme. This encourages people from all sectors and professions to visit local schools and colleges and talk about their careers as a way of inspiring the next generation. I’d strongly encourage you to get involved, if you’re a school, you can sign up here and if you want to volunteer, you can sign up here.
Whilst out speaking with residents on the streets off Anstey Lane, I met a number of people who were very concerned by a parade of vacant shops on Whitwick Way. The shops haven’t been occupied for some time and they’ve been left in a poor condition, causing a real eyesore for the people who live nearby.
I have been working with the Fosse Ward Councillors, Cllr Sue Waddington and Cllr Ted Cassidy, to take this issue up with the City Council and the land owner. We’ve also carried out a survey to ensure that local people had their say over a planning application that seeks to convert the shops into flats. You can read the full report I submitted on behalf of local residents here.
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.