This week I’m sure readers will have been following the debate over the Government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill. If so, you will have seen that I voted against this vicious and regressive Bill. You can read why I chose to vote against it here.
Also this week (the last week of Parliament before September) I led a delegation of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign to meet with the Home Secretary, Theresa May. The meeting was constructive but there is still a long way to go to secure justice for those affected by the events of Orgreave in 1984.
I’m really delighted to be back full time in Sheffield over the Summer and this week I took the opportunity to meet with several local organisations and groups.
I met with the Children’s Coordinator at Chancet Wood Sure start Centre with Dawn Walton who is responsible for Early Years and Prevention and Early Intervention in the city council.
It was fantastic to see what great support and services the children centre offers families and to see the wide range of facilities the centre offers. I found it genuinely inspiring to see the work they’re doing despite the horrendous cuts to their services.
I dropped into Ignite imaginations free art classes at Batemoor and Jorndanthorpe Community Centre as part of their holiday programme. This is a great programme running through the summer.
I also met with the Heeley Development Trust about all the great projects and work they have been doing in our area.
I also held my regular advice surgery this week. You can keep up to date with my advice surgeries here.