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[13/02/2018 | No comment]

In my latest Leicester Mercury column I write about how the winter crisis has shown our NHS and social care services desperately need an immediate injection of cash, and a long-term plan for the future. But Innovative work done by the Braunstone Blues shows what can be done to keep people safe and healthy, while reducing the demand on 999. 

Read the column here 

[09/02/2018 | No comment]

I really enjoyed meeting Sheffield Labour Students in Parliament on 7th February and answering their questions. We had some very interesting conversations about the ongoing fight to achieve women’s equality, how to effectively communicate the benefits of the UK staying in the Single Market and Customs Union, and how Labour can win the next General Election.

[06/02/2018 | No comment]

As we mark the 100th anniversary of women first getting the right to vote, I feel huge pride for what those campaigners achieved and a real sense of responsibility to continue the fight to achieve equality for women.

On 6th February, I asked the Home Secretary whether she agreed that more needs to be done to make sure the growing number of women who are forced to care for an elderly relative are treated fairly in work and get the support they need.

I was also interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester about what inspired me to become an MP, my experience of first coming to Parliament and the inspiring young women I meet who want to change the world. You can listen to the full interview here.

[05/02/2018 | No comment]

 

On Sunday I was delighted to take part in the unveiling of  the Alice Hawkins statue in Leicester. 

Alice lived most of her life here in Leicester where she worked as a shoe machinist and fought for equal rights for women. As part of the suffragette movement she was imprisoned five times campaigning for women to have the vote. 

During the event I heard all about her life, her work and her strong belief in equality. 

It reminds me more than ever just how far we still have to go to have liberty and equality for women in this country. It was a very special day and I am honoured to have been a part of it.

[05/02/2018 | No comment]

 

On Friday I visited the Food Stop Foodbank run by Action Homeless and met the amazing staff and volunteers that work there.  

We all hope that we’ll never need to visit a foodbank, but sometimes people can find themselves in a desperate situation. I am thankful to all the staff and volunteers who ensure people who find themselves without enough money to buy food, do not go hungry. 

They told me they particularly need cooking oil, eggs, UHT milk, fruit & veg. If you can help one of our cities foodbanks, then please do get in touch with them.

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