Chairing the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform
As a long-standing supporter of a more proportional electoral system, I’m delighted to have been elected Chair of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
My fears on pharmacy cuts
I challenged Government Ministers over plans to cut funding for community pharmacies. Read more.
Sheffield Climate Alliance
I spoke at a Sheffield Climate Alliance event on campaigning for action on climate change. I’m a strong supporter of the Alliance – see more about their work.
I backed the Tuberous Sclerosis Association’s #Fight4Treatment campaign, urging the NHS to fund lifesaving drug Everolimus to treat brain tumours, and supported their event in Parliament with actor David Suchet.
In response to growing concerns about antisocial behaviour in parts of the city centre, I visited affected areas with local police, discussing action to tackle the problem. I have also taken it up with the Government as I'm concerned local Councillors don't have adequate powers to deal with the issues.
I spoke at the 25th anniversary conference of the South Yorkshire African Caribbean Business and Enterprise Training Centre on opportunities for setting up small businesses.
In the Hot Seat with Rony Robinson
I’ll be in the ‘Hot Seat’ on BBC Radio Sheffield at 11am on the 4th November. Be sure to tune in and ring up to put me on the spot!
Community notices ...
Art Group for people with a brain injury - This is a 6 week art course run by two art therapists for anyone with a brain injury. 4th November – 9 December, 1 – 3 pm at The Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4HJ. Please book at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or for more info 0113 245 3304 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I, Daniel Blake film screening and discussion – On Friday 28th October the Showroom Workstation is screening Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake, with a Q&A involving cast member Kate Rutter, Sheffield Council’s Jackie Drayton and others. Find out more here.
Vote for Learn for Life! - A great social enterprise and community hub, Learn for Life, has been shortlisted for the Aviva Community Fund 2016 competition. Join me in voting for them to win £10,000. Find out more here.
Sexpectations? – An inclusive, interactive, non-judgmental & fun event for young people about sexualities and relationships. Tuesday 8th November 4.15 – 6.15pm (for young people aged 16-18) and 6.30 – 8pm (for over 18s) at the Common Room (above the Forum Bar in the city centre). Find out more here.