[24/11/2021 | No comment]

My partner and I are delighted to announce that we will be having a baby in the new year through surrogacy. It has been a really difficult time getting here, so we feel unbelievably lucky and happier than we ever imagined. We will be eternally grateful to our surrogate for making this possible.

I’ll be taking leave from work to make the most of this precious time with the newest member of our family, but I want to reassure my constituents that my office will remain fully open throughout, and my whole team will continue to provide the very best help and support to local residents.

Read the full story in the Leicester Mercury.

[29/10/2021 | No comment]

Today I responded on behalf of the Labour Party to Carolyn Harris’s Menopause (Support and Services) Bill. This Bill aimed to make the Government develop a strategy for menopause support and services, including improving education around the menopause, and exempt hormone replacement therapy (HRT) from NHS prescription charges.

There are currently around 13 million women in the UK who are either perimenopausal, or post-menopausal. That is almost a fifth of the entire population, and 90% of women will face some form of menopausal symptoms in their lifetime.

The menopause can affect every part of a women’s life – of the 4.3 million women aged 50-64 who are currently in work, a quarter are considering quitting or reducing their hours, because they are struggling with symptoms of the menopause. Symptoms don’t just last for a few months; they can last for years, and even decades.

I was proud to support Carolyn’s brilliant campaign. Thanks to her excellent work, the Government have agreed to cut the cost of HRT, so instead of having to pay for a prescription monthly, they will only pay once annually. This will save women over £200 a year.

Read my full speech in Hansard. You can read media coverage of the debate on BBC News, in the Evening Standard, The Times, and the Mirror.

[16/03/2021 | No comment]

Yesterday evening I appeared on ITV Central to talk about the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and how it is a missed opportunity to take action on violence against women. 

Following the recent tragic death of Sarah Everard there has been a national demand for action to tackle violence against women. With this bill going through the House of Commons the government should put in place the long overdue protections for women against unacceptable violence, including action against domestic homicides, rape and street harassment.

We must tackle the misogynistic attitudes that underpin the abuse women face, but instead the Conservatives have brought forward a Bill that is seeking to divide the country. It is a mess, which could lead to harsher penalties for damaging a statue than for attacking a woman.

This is why Labour will be voting against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. 

[09/03/2021 | No comment]

It was a pleasure to speak at East Midlands Labour Party’s International Women’s Day event yesterday evening. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, women have been more likely to be made redundant, see their pay packets cut, and bear the burden of unpaid work in the home.

We’ve seen these gender inequalities play out in social care. 83% of the social care workforce are women, and 58% of unpaid carers are women. And in order to meet the growing demand for social care, we need 520,000 more frontline care workers. That’s before we even begin to meet the needs of those who are currently not eligible for social care support.

Our carers have borne the brunt of this pandemic. As we begin our recovery, we must make the economic argument as well as the moral argument for investing in social care, and fix our system once and for all.

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