This weekend, I had another packed and exciting diary in our local area.
On Friday I visited Westerton Primary School to meet with staff and Leeds City Council’s Chief Financial Officer for Children to discuss school financing. It should be the case that well performing schools should have adequate resources without being penalised.
Following this, I visited J Kellett Foods in Morley to discuss trade post-Brexit. I was very pleased to see such a successful company here in our local area, J Kellett Foods is one of many in our area that is helping to build a strong economy. It is clear that the Government must prepare fully for all eventualities and ensure businesses are given clear guidance for every scenario.
I then visited Ledger Lane Primary School in Outwood, it was fantastic to once again catch up with students and staff at this brilliant school. During my initial meeting here a few weeks ago, in which students raised concerns about speeding around their school, I suggested putting together a petition to help combat this issue and raise awareness. I was pleased to have helped students put this petition to install a speed indicator device together and on Friday I collected it to pass onto both Wakefield District Council, and the Speaker of the House of Commons. It is vital that speeding is tackled on our roads, especially around schools.
I met with Yorkshire Water engineers in Morley o see the damage (and smell) that wet wipes can cause to our environment and our sewers. I am happy to support their campaign against companies that describe products as ‘flushable’ when in reality they can do significant damage to our infrastructure.
In the evening, I held another surgery to discuss a number of resident’s issues, including the 2019 Loan Charge. After hearing the concerns raised I have signed Early Day Motion (1239) raising concerns with retrospective taxation and hope the Government looks at this issue again.
On Saturday, I was proud to donate some books on mental health to the fantastic Drighlington Community Library. This library is run by great local volunteers that I am always happy to support whenever I can, and I hope these books on mental health can help to support and guide those in need.
Finally, on Sunday, I was happy to speak on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme about Brexit and the current negotiations. 60% of our local area voted to leave the EU and the vast majority of people who contact me tell me that however they voted they want to ensure the democratic decision is upheld. We must ensure Brexit is delivered in full and I will continue to fight for this.
As always, if residents have any issues that they feel I can be of assistance with please do not hesitate to contact me on: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.UK and I will do my upmost to assist.