My Week in Parliament

Starting the week with some great political debate at GMB Congress in Bournemouth, I heard some fantastic speakers and enjoyed taking part in a lively Q&A with Labour colleagues, Ruth Smeeth, Gill Furniss and Jo Stevens.

On Tuesday I was delighted to secure and lead a Westminster Hall debate on diabetes related complications. This is a big issue both here in my constituency and across the UK - it carries a huge cost both to people with diabetes and the NHS. I was pleased that my speech was well received – it’s a critical issue and I’ll continue to call on the government to take action.

Wednesday saw the official launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health. As Chair of the group I was proud to welcome Angela Rippon, Katie Piper, Victoria Derbyshire and Caroline Criado-Perez, all inspirational women who have overcome adversity. I’m grateful for their support for the group, which will be pressing for a change in culture within our health services so that women are better empowered to receive the care they deserve.

I held my new regular monthly surgery at The Greenwood Centre in Ravensthorpe on Thursday. No appointment is necessary - I’m always pleased to have the opportunity to meet residents, to hear their concerns and to do whatever I can to help.

This morning, Friday, I was glad to meet with Dewsbury Rams RLFC, to hear about the fantastic work they’ve been doing and their future plans.

This afternoon I’ll be out and about again in the constituency. I’m looking forward to joining Lingotots, a group teaching Spanish for toddlers at Christ the King, Battyeford and visiting Old Bank School, Mirfield.

This weekend I’ll be joining a fundraising event organised by local campaigner Lloyd Smith for Brain Tumour Awareness Day at the Old Bank Co-op in Mirfield, as well as attending the annual Shelley Village French Sunday Lunch and popping in to Queen’s birthday celebrations around the constituency.