In Parliament

Since I was re-elected as MP for Rotherham in May 2015 I have…

June 2015

  • Raised concerns about the reduced opening hours of the ticket office in Rotherham Station
  • Asked the Foreign Secretary what steps he is taking to tackle the current situation of Rohingya Muslims being persecuted in Burma

July 2015

  • Spoke on the Opposition Day debate about Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap
  • Asked the Secretary┬áof State for Foreign Affairs┬áwhat steps his department are taking to discourage Japan from resuming Antarctic whaling.

September 2015

  • Asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the reassessment of terminally ill people for personal independence payments, employment and support allowance and attendance allowance
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about how many DS1500 forms were submitted in 2014
  • Spoke on the Assisted Dying Bill

October 2015

  • Asked the Minister for Preventing Abuse and Domestic Violence to commit to ensuring everyone regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity feels safe in their home
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs about what the Department is doing to tackle the human rights issues in Egypt and what the Department is doing to help ensure women’s rights are protected in Egypt
  • Was a member of the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the Immigration Bill
  • Asked the Chancellor what steps he will take to ensure children in Rotherham and nationwide are not negatively affected by proposed tax credit cuts
  • Spoke on the Opposition Day debate about the steel industry

November 2015

  • Spoke on a debate about palliative care
  • Asked the Prime Minister about safe zones for civilians in Syria
  • Spoke on a debate about the junior doctors contract
  • Spoke on a debate about issues surrounding transpeople in prisons
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs about child asylum seekers

December 2015

  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs about the safety of EU nations in relation to trafficking
  • Spoke on a debate about marriage registration certificates
  • Spoke on a debate around the protection of 16 and 17 year olds
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs about how many children have been age assessed in detention over the past year

January 2016

  • Launched Dare2Care which focuses on preventing child abuse and challenging the normalisation of violence in young people’s relationships
  • Spoke on a debate about child prisoners and detainees in occupied Palestinian territories
  • Spoke on a debate about healthcare provision in Yarls Wood
  • Spoke on a debate about violence against women and girls, asking Home Secretary about how FGM is being tackled
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs about child abduction warning notices
  • Asked the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills about the closure of the BIS office in Sheffield

February 2016

  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs about how the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy is inclusive of homeless women, women with mental health issues and women in poverty
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs about child sexual exploitation
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs how the police and other authorities are making use of the FGM orders and what the Home Office are doing to increase convictions of people carrying out FGM
  • Spoke on a debate about the closure of the BIS office in Sheffield

March 2016

  • Asked the Ministry of Justice how many girls have been given FGM protection orders to date
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs about the provision of specialist BAME domestic violence services
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs if she would ring fence long term funding for domestic violence services
  • Asked the Department for Communities and Local Government how many women have requested a change in housing due to violence and how many women were transferred because of this

April 2016

  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs about cuts to police services in South Yorkshire
  • Spoke on a debate about the educational attainment gap in Yorkshire
  • Asked the Ministry of Justice about legal aid provision for victims of modern slavery

May 2016

  • Spoke on a debate about domestic violence refuges
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs what steps the Home Office are taking to ensure women and girls at risk of FGM are identified by the authorities
  • Spoke on a debate about the deportation of the Brain family
  • Spoke on a debate about the steel industry

June 2016

  • Asked the Department for Communities and Local Government whether they will ring fence funding for specialist domestic violence refuges
  • Asked the Ministry of Justice how much legal aid is available to victims of human trafficking
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Home Affairs to commit to an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave
  • Asked the Department for Health what steps they are taking to ensure medical professionals are trained to carry out smear tests for victims of FGM

July 2016

  • Asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs about the involvement of G4S in the West Bank
  • Spoke on a debate about opportunities for children in early years education
  • Spoke on a debate about how the EU referendum result will effect the steel industry
  • Asked the Home Secretary whether she will commit to a public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave
  • Secured a debate about online child abuse

August 2016

  • Attended cross-party trip to France to visit the sites of the D-Day landings
  • Visited Uganda to research the impact of child immunisation

September 2016

  • Spoke at the reading of Digital Economy Bill to encourage the government to tackle online abuse
  • Asked Secretary of State for Transport when the government will publish a timetable for its consultation on tax and private hire vehicle licensing
  • Spoke at debate on Domestic Abuse Victims in Family Law Courts

October 2016

  • Was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities on Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Education when she will introduce sex and relationship education for all children from Key Stage One
  • Launched the Dare2Care National Action Plan for Preventing Child Abuse and Violence in Teenage Relationships in Westminster
  • Held the government to account as Shadow Secretary of State at Women and Equalities questions

November 2016

  • Spoke during the ministerial statement on the lack of inquiry into Orgreave
  • Asked an urgent questions to the Foreign Secretary about a vote to remove the UN’s first independent LGBT expert

December 2016

  • Spoke at debate on International Day for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Spoke at reading of Istanbul Convention ratification Bill to push it through
  • Spoke at first debate on Transgender Equality to be held in the Commons
  • Led debate into the gender inequality of 2016ÔÇÖs Autumn Statement

January 2017

  • Government passes regulations that bring law on equal gender pay ,which I campaigned for, into force
  • Headline speaker at London Young LabourÔÇÖs ÔÇÿRape Culture in Modern BritainÔÇÖ event
  • Spoke at launch of Women and Work APPGÔÇÖs first annual report
  • Filmed short video for LGBT History Month
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