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
I hosted a parliamentary drop in session for the CO Be Alarmed! Campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by poisonous gases.
It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and I’m Encouraging All over 60s in Huddersfield to Get Screened!Read more
Newsome Mills is an iconic element of our heritage. It must not be destroyed.Read more
Many day nurseries in Huddersfield and in the rest of the country are to be hit by huge rises to their Business Rates from April 2017.
In my capacity as Chair of the Maths and Numeracy APPG, I am joining the call for a new numeracy benchmark for all young people, to ensure another route for teenagers who are written off as maths failures.Read more
I was pleased to read the recent report by Action on Hearing Loss on increasing confidence in employing people with hearing loss- a guide for employersRead more