8th June 2018, My Week in Parliament

Last week President Trump announced that the US would impose a 25% tariff on steel imports.

Despite constant warnings Theresa May’s government failed to act, pandering to Trump’s whims and enabling this catastrophic blow to our steel industry. Now we are facing a trade war.

I spoke to local news about the fallout from this decision. 34,000 jobs rely on steel manufacturing, and 9,500 of those are based in Yorkshire and the Humber. But this move not only threatens jobs, it shrinks our economy and further impacts already disadvantaged communities. You can read my comments published in The Mirror last week:


In more recent news, the Tories have suggested they will scrap the Swansea Tidal Lagoon Project, which would have brought an estimated 100,000 tonnes of opportunity for UK steel producers. If this is true, the Government are denying the Welsh steel industry an invaluable opportunity and proving their utter contempt for our steel sector. #saveoursteel https://on.ft.com/2JnllCj

This Sunday 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. There is still time to sign up and it would be wonderful to see constituents taking part in this. Visit https://www.processions.co.uk/ and please feel free to send any photos in – my email address can be found on my website.

Speaking Up for Our Libraries
On Tuesday I was delighted to be invited by Public Policy Exchange to speak about resilience and maximising opportunity in libraries, as a chair of the Libraries APPG and a former librarian. I spoke about the need to encourage innovative partnerships and new technologies whilst not allowing the Tories to use this as an opportunity to cut paid staff and continue with their reckless austerity agenda. Since 2012 449 libraries across England, Scotland and Wales have closed, and between 2010 and 2017 8000 jobs were lost. I will continue to hold this Government account – libraries are an asset, not a cost to be weighed up and debated, so we must not make them fight for every penny.

Shoulder To Shoulder
On Wednesday I joined Cancer Research UK at the launch of their Shoulder To Shoulder campaign. The Government must support our NHS and its staff so it can be the world leader in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. #ShoulderToShoulder

Choose Youth

On Wednesday, I attended a fantastic parliamentary event showcasing the fantastic work of Choose Youth – an unprecedented alliance of over 30 voluntary youth sector organisation and trade unions promoting the rights and entitlement of young people to participate in quality universal, open access youth services and youth work. 

I was delighted to meet with Sue Atkins from the YASY (Youth Association South Yorkshire) who do fantastic work in enhancing the opportunities for young people in Sheffield. They deliver Youth Work training for many years now, and in spite of the serious cut backs in funding and increased costs, they still deliver NVQ courses and support workers through to degree level. 

The National Citizens Service: spaces available for this summer!

The National Citizens Service (NCS) offers great opportunities to support young people in our communities.  This year more than 100,000 teenagers will benefit from NCS and there are still some places for #NCS this summer. 

If you know someone who might benefit from the programme, please share widely and encourage them to apply. 

Find out more: https://www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/ncs/  and don’t forget to use the discount code: NCSSUMMER18 for £15 off!

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