Education Select Committee – Student finances

Most students doing a three-year degree graduate with debt of around £50,000, and many need to work during their degree to manage financially.

On Tuesday, I spoke to Aaron Oreschnick, who did a degree apprenticeship at Manchester Metropolitan University, about his concerns regarding money when he was a student.

Speech in WASPI debate

Speaking in the #WASPI debate in the Chamber, I wanted to give a voice to the 7,000 women in the Colne Valley constituency who are affected by the Government’s changes. I told the Minister “Don’t ignore the voices of we 1950’s women, because we are not going away, pay us what we are due!”

Letter regarding CO alarms in rented houses

I’ve sent a letter to Alok Sharma, Housing Minister, following the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group’s (APPCOG) report ‘Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Tenants Safe and Secure in their Homes’ that my friend Barry Sheerman chairs.

The report recommends that landlords must provide a CO alarm in properties containing any fuel burning appliance, as opposed to just solid fuel appliances. It is important to make sure that homes are as safe as possible.

International Day of Human Rights

Today is the International Day of Human Rights, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

It is important now, more than ever, to #StandUp4HumanRights.

Wakefield Academy money siphoning

This week in the Education Select Committee meeting with the Schools Commissioners, I raised the shocking reports that some schools within the Wakefield City Academy Trust had money purposefully siphoned off.

This included one school, which reportedly had £200,000, which had been raised by volunteers, stripped away by the Trust before its collapse.

It is important to ensure that those involved in Multi-Academy Trusts are subject to meaningful oversight and accountability to make sure that schools and children do not have to suffer.