Helping constituents with the issues they face is the first concern for me as your member of parliament, something I must do in my office in Morley and in Westminster. With this I am pleased to announce that my constituency office is now fully staffed with two caseworkers and that I will be recruiting a local school leaver as an apprentice to work with me too. Immigration is a huge concern for many residents in Morley and Outwood.
It was, along with support for the NHS, the number one issue residents mentioned to me during the General Election campaign. So when my name was drawn from the ballot for last week’s Prime Minister’s’ Questions I asked what the Government was doing to curb economic migration from outside of the EU. The Prime Minister replied “In the past it has been frankly too easy for some businesses to bring in workers from overseas. We need to do more to change that”. Following Prime Minister’s questions I met with David Cameron one-to-one to discuss treatment for Abi Longfellow, a 12-year-old constituent suffering from Dense Deposit Disease. I also met with the Chief Medical Officer to discuss the problem of antibacterial resistance and to discuss me leading a hand hygiene campaign. I met with Skills and Enterprise Minister Nick Boles to raise the concerns of residents, and my own, about the future of Joseph Priestley Campus. I am still waiting to hear back from Leeds City College after they agreed to explore all available options to retain further education provision in the town. I have been contacted by a number of constituents who are still suffering after being treated with contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. The fact that many people contracted conditions like HIV and hepatitis C from NHS blood products, often after visiting hospital for routine procedures, is nothing short of a tragedy. The Government is currently considering a report from Lord Penrose into how best to help and support victims. However, as a first step, they have announced an extra £25 million to improve the payment and support system for affected people. I am keen to work with affected constituents to ensure that they are properly represented. I would also like to encourage anyone else whose life has been touched by ‘tainted blood’ to get in touch with me so that I might be able to hear their story and keep them informed of my action. As a animal lover I was delighted to attend the annual Dog Show in Morley’s Dartmouth Park. I have also joined the All Party Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare. On June 6 I held my regular street stall at Asda in Morley, at which I chatted to residents about local issues and national politics. My next street stall at Asda is this Saturday, June 20, from 11am-12pm and there is no need for an appointment.