15th June 2018, My Week in Parliament

Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating in Brightside and Hillsborough – I am sending my best wishes to you and your family. 

All the best, 

Reunited At Last
I am delighted to say that one of my constituents, Mr Abdul Charif, has been reunited with his family after nine years of separation.

Mr Charif, a Syrian refugee, made the perilous journey to the UK in 2012 to escape the Syrian conflict. His mother, father and sister escaped to Turkey but were sadly unable to join him. After numerous attempts to be reunited with his family he managed to register them under the UK’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, but the Home Office stayed silent for two years, refusing to offer him any confirmation of if and when they could join him.

In March I spoke in support of the Family Refugee Reunion Bill and shared Mr Charif’s story. Shortly after, the Home Office agreed to resettle the family in Sheffield, and on the 18th May they were finally reunited. I cannot express how happy I am that they are together and I was honoured to finally meet the Charif family in the constituency office shortly after their arrival.

British Steel in Ship-making
This week I asked the Defence Minister if the Government would ensure the use of 100% British steel for post-Brexit defence projects. He refused to guarantee this and claimed that the UK doesn’t have the capability to do this.

This is wholly inadequate. The UK steel industry produces some of the highest quality steel in the world, and if the Government had responded to the Steel Sector Deal proposal which was put to them nine months ago the steel industry would have been able to grow and invest, allowing us to supply all the steel for defence projects. The Government continues to let our steelworkers down. #saveoursteel

Rolls Royce
Yesterday it was announced that Rolls Royce would be slashing 4,600 jobs. This is very worrying, particularly for communities such as those in Derby and Bristol who rely on the company locally for employment. I spoke out on the issue from the Labour benches and received unsatisfactory responses. It’s clear the Government, despite its Industrial Strategy rhetoric, has a hands-off approach when it comes to industry.

End Violence at Work
This week I was proud to attend UNISON’s End Violence at Work Charter reception. Violence at work is all too common in the charity and community sector – I hope that local housing associations and charities will sign up.

On Thursday I was pleased to attend the Upskirting Law Campaign parliamentary reception. Campaigners such as Gina Martin, who started a petition after a man took a picture up her skirt without her consent, are working to make upskirting a specific sexualoffence. #stopskirtingtheissue

Join me on Friday 29th June from 2-4pm at my office in Shirecliffe Community Centre to celebrate 90 years since the representation of the people act 1928 gave all men and women over 21 the right to vote.

It will be an informal drop-in of tea and chats, and there will be a mini exhibition. I will also be giving a short speech. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

2-4pm, Shirecliffe Community Centre, 349 Shirecliffe Road, Sheffield, S5 8XJ

Car: Use the postcode S5 8XJ in sat navs.
Driving: Herries Road in the direction of the Northern General Hospital at the roundabout take the third exit which is  Shirecliffe Road. The Community Centre is on your right at number 349.

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