My e-newsletter-2nd November

In this e-newsletter, I will update you on another busy week in Parliament.

As always, I continue to hold regular surgeries to hear about constituency matters affecting you and if you have any issues you would like to bring to my attention please do not hesitate to email me at

Best wishes,


On Tuesday, I represented the Labour frontbench in the debate on 'Beer Duty and the Pubs Sector'.

The British pub is renowned around the world. Since the oldest one was established in the 11th century, the pub has continued to be a central feature of British life – a unique social hub for meetings, discussion and debate.

According to the British Beer and Pub Association, the sector supports nearly 900,000 jobs, 42% of those to under-25s, generates £23 billion in economic value and provides £13 billion in tax revenues.

On top of this, 30 million adults visit the pub every month – this is a testament that the British pub is not just a business, but is at the heart of communities. It brings people together and continues to be on the ‘to-do’ list of almost every tourist visiting the UK.

Yet, drinking establishments across the UK continue to be under severe threat.

The Conservatives have neglected the needs of small business in favour of tax breaks to big business that has failed to stimulate investment and create the high-skilled, well paid jobs the country needs.

Their cliff-edge approach to Brexit risks our access to the single market and damaging all business by prioritising an economically damaging, undeliverable and unworkable cap on immigration at all costs.

The Labour Party are the party of small businesses. We know small business are the backbone of our economy accounting for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at the start of 2016 and 60% of all private sector employment in the UK or 15.7million people.

Under a Labour government, pubs will have the support necessary to thrive and grow.
Product Safety and fire risk in residential properties

On Wednesday, I led the Labour frontbenches on a debate on product safety and fire risk in residential properties.

In Sheffield, faulty white goods caused 103 fires in residential homes between April 2014 - March 2017 according to the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Department.

And this summer, the nation was shocked by the tragedy at Grenfell Tower which was apparently caused by a faulty fridge freezer.

The product safety regime is not fit-for-purpose and the Government has been to slow to act.

I have joined calls by Which?, Electrical Safety First and other consumer groups calling on the Government to bring about a National Product Safety Agency to coordinate and enforce product safety laws.

STEEL: Labour's Roundtable

This Wednesday, I hosted the Labour Steel Roundtable in my capacity as Shadow Steels Minister.

We were joined by representatives from the Community Union, Unite the Union and the TUC as well as MP's representing steel constituencies to discuss the opportinues and challenges facing the steel sector.

Votes at 16

The time to give votes to 16 year olds has arrived. It’s already happening in Scotland and in Wales. The Government are quickly finding themselves on the wrong side of the debate, while Labour are yet again showing that they are the Party of the many.

It is vital that politicians listen to young people’s concerns, which is why I’ll be supporting Jim McMahon’s Bill on November 3rd.

Other activities

On Wednesday evening I met with representatives from the Sheffield Tigers Speedway team at the APPG for Motorcycle Speedway Parliamentary Reception. At the reception I met Damien Bates, Co-Promoter for the Sheffield Tigers, who won the APPG for Speedway Championship Award 2017, and Julie Reading from Sheffield Speedway. The Tigers won the Speedway Championship this year (one of the three leagues in Speedway).

The APPG exists to showcase the support Motorcycle Speedway has from Parliamentarians.

In the news...

Hillsborough Park has been longlisted for the Best Park Awards - make sure you vote here:

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UK Parliament Week

UK Parliament Week is taking place between the 13-19 November 2017 and now has over 2000 events registered, anticipated to be attended by 160,000 people across the UK.
So I am asking you and people across our constituency:

What could you do for UK Parliament Week 13-19 November? To Find out more


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