25th May 2018, My Week in Parliament

There is just one week to go until the US temporary steel tariff exemption comes to an end and we are still to be informed of Theresa May’s plan to protect our steel industry. You can read comments in The Mirror on how we have been utterly failed by the Government: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/one-week-countdown-donald-trumps-12584200#ICID=sharebar_twitter

On June 10th there will be a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. Crowds of people will be dressed in green, white and violet that will have the effect of a moving suffragette flag through the streets of Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London. One hundred women artists are being commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners. It would be wonderful to see constituents taking part in this. To register interest visit https://www.processions.co.uk/ and let me know if you plan to take part, or send me accounts and pictures – my email address can be found on my website.

On Tuesday I attended the report launch of the APPG for Yemen. Sheffield has a number of Yemeni constituents and people of Yemeni descent, and I was extremely pleased to be joined by some of them at the event.

With three quarters of the population in Yemen in desperate need of aid, the situation is being described as the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 years. I will continue to speak out on the situation and I will continue to support the interests and concerns of my constituents.

The Government must end it’s arms sale to Saudia Arabia immediately. This war cannot go on.

This week I attended the second meeting of the Endometriosis APPG, of which I am Secretary. We heard powerful accounts from women with this debilitating disease and we met with Endometriosis UK to discuss the excellent work they are doing in research and campaigns. Once again I would like to thank all the women who came forward to share their stories, some of whom are from here in Sheffield. I am looking forward to working with you to ensure action is taken.

This week is UK SAYS NO MORE week, a week dedicated to highlighting and ending the domestic abuse and sexual violence that is endemic in our society. On Wednesday I was proud to attend Hestia’s UK SAYS NO MORE Charter on Prevention rally. Among other things, they are campaigning for a prevention strategy, and for specialist services to be made available for children affected by domestic abuse.

Every week two women are killed in England and Wales by a partner or former partner. Too often it is too late. We must have a prevention strategy in order to break the cycle. To find out more and to see what you can do to support the campaign, go to: https://www.hestia.org/uksaysnomore


Breast Cancer Care
Last week I attended an afternoon tea parliamentary reception with Breast Cancer Care. They are encouraging people across the country to raise money by hosting afternoon teas across July. Find out more here: https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/get-involved/do-your-own-fundraising/afternoontea

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