Timetable Changes – Question to Transport Secretary

I questioned the Transport Secretary this evening, about the new disastrous train timetables, and the discrimination disabled passengers are facing by Trans-Pennine Express at Marsden station. I also have a meeting with the Secretary of State tonight to highlight further concerns that constituents have raised with me.

Education Committee- Disadvantage in the North

Last week, I challenged the Minister of State for School Standards, to explain how this Government’s policies are going to address the “entrenched disadvantage” faced by the north, as highlighted in the Children’s Commissioner for England’s report ‘Growing up North’.

Education Committee – Minister of State for School Standards

– 34,910 teachers left the profession in 2016, up from 22,000 in 2011.
– 54 hours is the average number of hours worked by a classroom teacher each week.
– 75% of UK teachers have reported symptoms of stress, including depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

These are the damning statistics reported by the Observer, which I highlighted when questioning the Minister of State for School Standards in the Education Committee session.

This government is not doing enough to support the teaching workforce, and is driving the joy and passion out of the profession.

School visits

Today I visited both Marsden Juniors and Hepworth Juniors & Infants to speak to the teachers, staff and pupils. Oh… and join a conga line.

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Education Committee – MAT Leaders’ Salaries

In the Education Committee session with Nick Gibb MP, I suggested that the people who would be best placed to run a Multi Acadmy Trust, are those who have the moral purpose and social conscience to refuse an exorbitant salary, and instead ensure that there is money to support the most vulnerable children in their schools.

It was lovely to welcome women from the Colne Valley on Monday, and to have a cup of tea with them on the terrace!

They had lots of questions about what life is like for a woman in politics today.

My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones, and who were on the front line dealing with the horrific aftermath of the attack in Manchester, a year ago today.