Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable festive period, and that you are, like me, looking forward to the year ahead. In my first article of 2019 I thought I would write about some of the things that are important to me.
Firstly, education. I believe that a good education is key to social mobility and success in life and I am so proud of our local schools. It is a credit to both staff and students across Morley and Outwood that statistics show our area to be performing well and I know this will help give students the keys to achieving their goals later in life.
Before Christmas, I visited Ledger Lane Academy’s Student Parliament. It was great to see such fantastic and passionate students talk about important issues that mattered to them. We discussed the issue of road safety and traffic problems surrounding the school. They asked me to campaign with them to help secure a speed indicator device on Ledger Lane and I was happy to agree to this.
I also recently visited Woodkirk Academy to discuss being an MP, education, and mental health issues. It is encouraging that students agreed with me that mental health issues are an important challenge we face today and more should be done to help tackle this. This is another of the issues that I feel strongly about.
More help for mental health is an important part of my plan for our local area and I very much enjoyed my festive Memory Cafe that I held in December. I hold these every month to offer support for those living with dementia, their family, and their friends. We have developed a regular group and its always great fun to catch up with a cuppa and a biscuit in a warm and calm environment. My next Memory Café will be in Outwood Memorial Hall on Friday January 11th, between 12 noon and 2pm. All are welcome to this free event, and I look forward to seeing everyone again.
Another important national issue is Brexit. Delivering the right Brexit is very important to me. My constituency of Morley and Outwood voted 60% to leave the EU, and Wakefield as a whole voted 66.4% to leave. On the 29th of March this year I will be celebrating my son’s second birthday, but I also hope I will be celebrating the UK leaving the EU’s undemocratic and burdensome institutions, such as the Single Market, Customs Union, ECJ, Common Fisheries and Agriculture Policies and much more.
What started as a trade bloc has mutated over time into an all-encompassing organisation. This much has been clear as the UK, one of the largest economies and most successful countries in the world, has set about leaving it. As we rapidly approach the Brexit date, I hold out hopes of a good deal that respects the referendum. I remain committed to voting against any deal that does not uphold the result of the 2016 vote and I will continue to speak out and stand up for the Brexit we voted for.
From my family to yours, I hope you all have a very happy 2019. As always, if constituents have an issue they feel I can be of assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact me on: Andrea.Jenkyns.MP@Parliament.UK.