[22/08/2017 | No comment]

My latest column for the Leicester Mercury is about what must be done to ensure every child has the chance to fulfil their potential. You can read it here.

[18/07/2017 | No comment]

I was honoured to attend a “celebration day” with candidates who have successfully completed the Bright Lights ‘Starting Out’ course with Beaumont Shopping Centre.

This initiative – which combines classroom coaching with a work placement – is aimed at young people aged 16-24 who are unemployed and interested in a career in retail or hospitality.

I am so proud of all of those who took part in the course and really enjoyed meeting them. I will continue to do all I can to support schemes like this, which help young people gain the skills and experience they need to find work. 





[18/07/2017 | No comment]

I recently met with a number of local business leaders who are members of the East Midlands Chamber. During the meeting we discussed the implications of Brexit for recruitment, trade and exports. We also look at what more needs to be done to improve local skills, infrastructure and productivity to ensure businesses of all sizes expand and thrive.

[05/07/2017 | No comment]

On 5th July I attended a packed Westminster Hall debate on the impact that changes to the state pension age are having on women born in the 1950s. Hundreds of thousands of women have had their retirement plans scuppered by changes brought in by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition Government. MPs from all parties made passionate speeches in the debate, and I will continue fighting the case of the Women Against State Pension Inequality in Parliament until this injustice is addressed. You can read more about the WASPI campaign here.

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