🌊 On Tuesday it was World Ocean Day. As Shadow Minister for Nature, Water and Flooding I attended the debate in Westminster Hall and called on the Government to implement a strategy to protect and restore our oceans. I also wrote a piece for Bright Green which you can read here. Only by incorporating oceans into COP26 and G7 climate policy – both the dangers they face and the huge natural solutions they offer – do we stand a hope of reaching net-zero and ensuring a just transition.
💡 Yesterday I joined by people across Hallam for a great discussion on how we can build a clean, green energy revolution in our city to tackle the Climate Emergency. Thank you to everyone who came and to our great speakers from Sheffield Renewables, Power For People and North Ayrshire Council.
🔥 Following the Government’s refusal to support Labour’s amendment to strengthen peatland burning legislation, I spoke to Now Then Magazine about the urgent need to ban burning on all upland peat.
🏥 I spoke to the Guardian about the urgent need for a national register for eating disorder deaths. We must introduce a better system to record eating disorder diagnoses and improve the accuracy of recorded deaths so we can properly understand the scale of the crisis we face and take appropriate steps to address it.
🏫 After Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, I went on LBC’s radio show to call out the Government on their complete failure to provide adequate levels of funding to schools to enable them to make up for lost learning over the past year.
🚆 Last week we had an update from the Government on our bid to restore rail services to the Sheaf Valley. We will find out whether we have secured the bid later in the summer. You can read the full update here and about our original bid here.
💰 Along with other Sheffield Labour MPs I called on the Government to cancel their cut to foreign aid, a dangerous decision which will risk lives. Thank you to everyone who has emailed me about this issue. You can read my full statement here.
👂 This week I have also met with the CEO of Sheffield Children’s Hospital, to discuss the issues facing their services. I also met representatives from the Renters Reform Coalition to hear more about their campaigns and how I can support their work in Parliament.
⛪ I am really looking forward to speaking at The Eco Church Festival tomorrow, an event hosted by Sheffield Diocese to create a space for people to come together and reflect on the climate and nature crises in the lead up to COP26. If you would like to come along, it isn’t too late to sign up here!