Last Thursday, I questioned the Secretary of State for Transport over the delays, non-accessible platforms, cancelled trains, failed investment and now broken promises about electrification of the Trans-Pennine route.
Yesterday, I hosted the first in what is to become a series of Head Teacher round tables that gives Heads from Colne Valley the opportunity to talk frankly about the UK’s education system. I’ll be using the feedback to inform my work on the Education Select Committee and as an MP.
Delighted to welcome Huddersfield New College politics students to Parliament this morning to talk about my work as their MP and to answer some thoughtful questions.
Today, I asked the Secretary of State for Education what his thoughts were on the ethics of the deeply worrying reports that an increasing number of children under 5 are being medicated for challenging behaviour.
– 50% of schools and colleges have dropped a modern foreign language
– 34% have dropped STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects
– 67% have reduced student support
– 77% are teaching in larger class sizes
These statistics from the Sixth Form Colleges Association show that the 16-18 funding situation is dire, and needs addressing.
I have just spoken in the Westminster Hall debate in favour of safe standing after my conversation with Huddersfield Town Supporters Association – HTSA
It was lovely to attend the Clem’s Garden Great Get Together Picnic in Lindley.
After an advice surgery in the morning, I had a busy afternoon on Saturday visiting the Slaithwaite Fire Station Open Day.
Holmfirth Library’s Great Get Together was fantastic this morning. The legacy of Jo Cox and her fight against social isolation lives on through groups and events like this.