Local democracy is something that is extremely important to me and as a result, it's great to see the people of Kirklees being given the opportunity to interact with their elected representatives.Read more
I recently wrote to the Government on behalf of a constituent about the need for a revision of the NICE guidelines for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). The constituent felt that the current focus on CBT and GET was not effectively keeping up with the latest biological research. I am thrilled that NICE has decided to now to fully review and update the guidelines for diagnosis and management of CFS/ME.Read more
I am extremely concerned and deeply saddened at the events in Rakhine State in Myanmar, which are currently ongoing.Read more
I am proud to support the Clean Air Everywhere campaign by Friends of the Earth and urge many to be aware of the damage air pollution can have on our environment.
I, like many others, am concerned about the increasing amount of acid attacks taking place across the country.Read more
It was a great privilege to attend the GDN’s CO Competition in Parliament last week and see the excellent work by children all around the country in highlighting the dangers of CO2.Read more
Following the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower, I have written to the Prime Minister to ensure our fire safety laws are fit for purpose and are enforced correctly.
Last week I wrote to Jacqui Gedman, the Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, to seek reassurance that all due care and attention was made in the building and refurbishment of tower blocks in Huddersfield and ensure that residents have been given thorough and correct safety advice.
I have also written to both Kirklees Council and Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, about fire safety in Schools. In particular I want to ensure that all new schools have been fitted with sprinklers.
Advice from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to concerned residents living in high-rise buildings in West Yorkshire can be found here: http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/news/advice-to-concerned-residents-living-in-high-rise-buildings-in-west-yorkshire/
My thoughts are with the residents of Grenfell Tower and their families and I give my thanks to the fire crews and other emergency services who have worked so hard during this awful incident.Read more
This weekend (Friday 16 – Sunday 18 June 2017) is the Great Get Together, which was initiated by Brendan Cox in memory of his wife, and my friend, Jo Cox MP. Jo was in the process of setting up the Loneliness Commission when she was murdered and this fantastic initiative is now being run in her memory.Read more
I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of a 28-year-old rough sleeper Roxy in Huddersfield last month. Roxy was a constituent of mine who, according to the Examiner, had lived on the streets for many years and died after contracting pneumonia.
Roxy’s death is not a standalone case and is instead symbolic of the endemic problem of homelessness throughout Britain.Read more
Its World Autism Awareness Week but I want action!Read more