My Week in Parliament 12/09/16

This week in Parliament, we had a meeting with the new Home Sec and the Orgeave truth and justice campaign, which I was invited  by the campaign to chair, to discuss the possibility of an inquiry into the events surrounding Orgreave. I've been campaigning alongside the ex miners and the official campaign since before I entered Parliament and it's really good news that we're finally going to see progress on this as the Home Secretary committed to respond before the end of October.

As many of you already know, I've been working on a number of Concentrix cases over the Summer and I'd worked with the Victoria Derbyshire and the Times to get the stories of the women affected out in the press, which led to a very short, successful campaign to remove Concentrix of their contract.  The campaign will now turn to the entire payment by results model.

 We also received the Boundary Commission's first proposals for the boundary review, which relies on out-of-date data that does not take into account the real population of an area just the number of registered voters. Clearly with the introduction of individual registration bought in by the last government this means some areas will be vastly underrepresented under current plans. It will be interesting to see if the Government can get this past their own back benchers!

The Pharmacies Minister also announced a pause in the planned cuts that could have seen pharmcies closing across the city. I have been running a campaign against this so was pleased to hear the Minister is taking stock, however we won’t be complacent on this issue and will continue to push for positive action for community pharmacies.

  During Transport Questions I asked to meet with the Minister about Taxi Licensing and child sexual exploitation, which they agreed to. I also met with the director of We Own it to discuss franchising of bus services and how we can get greater local control over buses - an issue I know lots of constituents are concerned about.

 I joined IFAW for the launch of their new campaign against Puppy farms and then the Sheffield Lord Mayor at the launch of an innovative idea for helping young people who face homelessness in Sheffield. Find out more about Night Stop and how to volunteer as a driver or host home here.

 Also this week was the start of Community Consultation week, my office hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning at my constituency office and I dropped into the White Lion to support their fundraising event for St Wilfrid's.

 As always I've also been out and about talking to local residents and acting on their concerns and any issues raised.