I was honoured to be invited to St Patrick’s Church to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17th March. The atmosphere was brilliant and the Church was packed with standing room only towards the back. After Mass we continued to celebrate in the Parish Centre next door with great food and drink, and fantastic music and Irish dancing.
St Patrick’s day is a really important occasion in my constituency, and I was very proud to show my support alongside many others.
On Friday 17th March I visited Belgrave St Peter’s C of E Primary School and met with members of the school council, who very kindly showed me around the school.
In 2016 the school achived a “Good” report from Ofsted after a turbulent couple of years. I am so proud of how the staff have managed to turn around the fortunes of the school in a relitively short period of time and I will continue to back their efforts to make even more improvements in future.
I recently visited Leicester’s Intensive Community Support (ICS) team which helps keep older people living at home so they don’t need to go into hospital. The ICS team offers nursing, physiotherapy, social care and other support from advanced practitioners.
I will be organising a visit with the ICS team soon, to see at first-hand the work they do. We need more services like this to improve care and reduce pressure on hospital services and A&E.
I recently met with local residents in Beaumont Leys to discuss the challenges of Brexit and what should happen next in order to get the best deal for jobs, businesses and workers’ rights. I was joined by Sophy Ridge, from Sky News as part of her programme on Sunday mornings.
It is really important to me to hear my constituent’s views, whether they voted to Leave or Remain, and to find out what their priorities are for the future. I will continue to do all I can to hold the Government to account for its decisions, and to fight for the best deal possible for our city.
You can watch Sophie Ridge’s show here.
Year 8 students at Fullhurst Community College have been looking at the challenges of our ageing population as part of their geography studies. They invited me in to hear their thoughts and ideas about how we can better meet the needs of our ageing population in future.
Afterwards I went to the allotment to plant a tree as part of the school’s drive to plant 1000 new trees. I am determined to make sure students at Fullhurst get the support they need and deserve, and to back the fantastic work at the school. This includes fighting the Governments proposal to cut £29,000 from their budget under the proposed new national funding formula for schools.
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.