Following her request during Prime Ministers questions last week, Paula Sherriff met with the Home Secretary Theresa May on Tuesday night to discuss current counter-terrorism legislation.
Throughout the course of the meeting they discussed the Prevent strategy, a government programme aimed at preventing people from being drawn into extremism. They also discussed working with internet service providers and tightening up on travel to Turkey and Syria as well as funding for community engagement.
Sherriff commented afterwards: “I am pleased these discussions are taking place and it is a step in the right direction. It is important though that we act and don’t just talk.”
Paula Sherriff, newly-elected MP for Dewsbury, is delighted to announce that nominations for the annual Arqiva Emley Moor Community Award will open on Wednesday 1st July. The award aims to celebrate unsung local heroes by inviting people to recognise their contribution towards the lives of individuals, or the work of charities and community projects.
Nominations for the 2015 award will run until Friday 31st July and can be sent to Paula by email at email@example.com or by post to her constituency office at 30 Northgate, Dewsbury, WF13 1DX. Anyone wishing to put forward a candidate – whether a friend, neighbour, family member or colleague, should include his or her own contact details, including address, telephone number and, where applicable, email address, as well as a short description of their nominee’s contribution to the local area. Please also note that nominees must be resident within the Dewsbury constituency.
Once the nominations have closed, Paula will be joined on the judging panel by the editors of three local papers - Neil Atkinson of The Huddersfield Examiner, Hannah Thaxter of The Reporter and David Bentley of The Press, as well as Neil Moss, Arqiva’s Head of Public Affairs.
The winner and two guests will be invited to an awards ceremony which will take place at the top of the iconic Emley Moor Mast.
Paula said “I’m thrilled to launch "The Emleys. I know that across our constituency, there are dozens of people who work tirelessly for their communities - often behind the scene – without seeking reward or glamour. ‘The Emleys’ will give us the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by these outstanding individuals. I look forward to working with my co-judges, Neil, Hannah and David and would like to thank Arqiva for their ongoing commitment and support”.
Following the recent event of Dewsbury teenager Talha Asmal who took the lives of eleven people in a suicide bombing in Iraq at the weekend, Dewsbury MP, Paula Sherriff has been loud and clear in calling for action.
In Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday. Sherriff asked the Chancellor: “Will the Chancellor agree to convene a meeting between myself and Home Office Ministers to discuss a revisit and review of counter terror policy – particularly with reference to tackling radicalisation.”
The Chancellor responded saying that Home Office Ministers would be very happy to meet with Hon Lady and indeed her constituents.
Sherriff commented afterwards: “I am pleased the Chancellor has granted a meeting with myself and Home Office Ministers. Innocent lives are being lost through acts of terror and current policy is obviously not working. We need an urgent review into this to stop the likes of ISIS and other evil terrorist organisations from radicalising young men and women before more lives are lost.”
Enterprise Zone for Dewsbury - Paula to hold Chancellor to his promise.
A few days prior to the election the Chancellor, George Osborne promised to add Dewsbury to a list of Enterprise Zones within 100 days of the new Conservative government. Dewsbury becoming an Enterprise Zone means that new businesses and businesses that choose to move premises will be exempt from paying business rates for 5 years.
In a debate in the House of Commons on the 4th June, Dewsbury MP, Paula Sherriff raised the issue with the Leader of the House saying: “May I request a debate to address the promise made by the Chancellor just a few days prior to the election that constituencies such as my own—Dewsbury—will be identified as enterprise zones within 100 days of the new Parliament? Many businesses in my constituency are struggling significantly and would undoubtedly welcome a period of zero business rates.”
The Leader of the House, Chris Grayling responded: “Of course, we are not yet 100 days into the new Parliament. Nevertheless, I point out to her that Dewsbury, and indeed the whole area of west Yorkshire, has benefited enormously from the economic progress that we have made in recent years, with falling unemployment and more businesses being created. Of course there is further to go, but what we have seen is a real step in the right direction for the country and the area she now represents.”
Paula commented afterwards: “It would appear that the Leader of the House is confusing Dewsbury with somewhere else. He should come to my constituency and tell my constituents and the town’s businesses that they have “benefitted enormously from the economic progress made in recent years”.”
Paula added: “The Chancellor may be used to passing Dewsbury by over the last five years without so much as a whimper from my predecessor, but I can assure him that I won’t be waiting until the next general election to come banging on his door. I welcome the Chancellor’s last minute promise but I will hold him to account and ensure that he keeps to his word.”
Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff has called for the community to unite after the tragic news about Talha Asmal, the teenage suicide bomber.
“Both myself and the community in Dewsbury are deeply shocked and devastated by the news of Talha Asmal. I met his family yesterday evening and they are understandably traumatised by what has happened.
“What we have to do now is come together and do all we can to ensure no more impressionable young people are brainwashed by those behind Isis. These evil people use the internet and social media to target impressionable young people, painting a very different picture to the reality of what is really happening in Isis-controlled areas.
“We need to ensure that we have a robust plan to work with the community; we need work with the schools, the mosques, churches, the community groups and parents to try and ensure that young people are aware of the reality of what is actually happening in Syriaand Iraq.
“There is so much good about Dewsbury, yet once again our town has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. I want our community to now demonstrate all that is positive about Dewsbury by remaining united, working together to come up with strategies to ensure that no other boys or girls follow this path.”
Paula takes Health Secretary to task over privatisation of NHS services
Paula has wasted no time at all in taking the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt to task on the privatisation of the NHS.
Paula, a former employee in the health service who has first-hand experience of the effects of privatisation quizzed Hunt in the House of Commons saying: “I worked on the front line of the NHS, in a service providing exemplary care, for more than 11 years. Just over two years ago that same service was privatised, and it has proved to be very damaging for patients, staff and the taxpayer alike. Will the Secretary of State continue to allow companies such as Virgin Care, which exists purely to make profits out of ill people, to continue to bid for NHS services?”
Hunt responded: “the biggest change made in the last Parliament was to take the decision about whether services should be decided by the public sector or the private sector out of the hands of politicians who might have an ideological agenda, and give it to local GPs so that the decision can be taken in the best interest of patients.”
Paula commented afterwards: “I’m extremely disappointed with the Health Secretaries response. Mr Hunt has ignored the fact that patients are suffering at the hands of these reforms and washes his hands of all responsibility claiming it is in the patient’s best interest. I campaigned throughout my election against the damaging fragmentation of the NHS and I will continue to hold the government to account.”
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