A couple of weeks have passed since George Osborne's “emergency budget”. This was a cruel budget that punished young people and the most vulnerable. You can read my article on it for the New Statesmen here.
Last week there was going to be a vote on Fox Hunting. However the government realised they would lose the vote given the SNP at the 11th hour u-turned and decided to vote against, so they shelved it. But we did have a very passionate debate against any changes to the law. I will proudly vote against fox hunting and other blood sports if they are put in front of the house in the future.
Education Bill committee has been meeting the past few weeks. I have asked for more scrutiny of academy trusts and a requirement on OFSTED to subject academy chains to the same inspections as local authorities.
I was elected the Secretary of the all-party group on looked after children and had several meetings with charities around the Education and Adoption Bill.
Also I spoke at the Labour Assembly Against Austerity event on Thursday evening about my views on what should come next after the election results.
I hosted a roving surgery in Arbourthorne on Friday. This is something I will be doing regularly around the constituency, look out for a card through your door for more details of these in future. In the meantime please get in touch with my office if anything does come up that I can assist with or drop in to one of my other surgeries, the details of which can be found here
On Saturday I spoke at the GMB Green Co rally in support of the sacked Green co workers, I attended a protest against the inclusion of the NHS in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
I met with the Sheffield’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to discuss GP funding and the health trust on latest cqc report and the decision to set up a limited company.