It has been another busy week in Parliament and here at home.
Last week, I met with Claire from the Humane Society to discuss a ban of fur sales in the UK. As a passionate animal rights advocate, I am pleased to give my support to campaigns and changes to legislation that would not only protect animals here at home, but also prevent animal suffering being imported from abroad.
In the House of Commons chamber, I raised the important issue of special educational needs support for the children of our brave servicemen and women.
Many families are serving our great country abroad, and I was contacted by a resident recently who had to relocate back to the UK from the British base in Cyprus due to the lack of provisions for SEN education.
When I raised this, I was pleased that the Minster for Defence People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer, said he would look into this case and that a specific team exists within the Ministry of Defence that is dedicated to SEN children. I will continue to work with local families to push for improvements in this area.
I also attended a ‘Restoring Your Railway’ meeting in Parliament, and spoke with the Minister of State for Transport, Chris Heaton-Harris, about reversing the historic Beeching cuts to local railway services and also discussed improving accessibility for commuters more widely.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the extra £1.4 billion investment from the Government into children and young people’s mental health. I know from casework in our area that it is so important to ensure every young person can get the support they need and I will continue to champion compassionate care and more support for mental health.
As reported in last week’s edition, at the weekend a number of local heritage items went up for auction in Morley. I myself placed bids on a number of these fascinating local artefacts, with a view to donating some items to relevant local community groups and bodies, and displaying some in my constituency office for anyone to appreciate. Sadly, I was outbid on each of the items I went for however it was encouraging to see so much interest in our local area and our long history.
It was my hope that the items would stay in our area, and I was pleased to see that the Mayor of Morley had secured some of the items for the Town Hall. We have a rich history in our area and we are rightfully proud of it!
As always, if residents need my help please feel free to contact me on: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.UK and I will do my upmost to help you, whether that means discussing the issue with the council or taking it straight to the Minister in charge!