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On Friday 17th February, Michael was lucky enough to see a new exhibition at Experience Barnsley called 'Dickie Bird: My Life in Cricket'.

Based at the fantastic museum in the Town Hall, the exhibition is a real treasure trove of memorabilia covering the remarkable career of a true Barnsley, Yorkshire and England sporting legend. Michael was fortunate enough to be taken round by the great man himself.

There's always plenty of things to do and see for kids at Experience Barnsley, so please do call in if you get chance over half term. The exhibition runs until 14 May and has free entry. You can find out more in this video hereDickie_Bird.jpgDickie_Bird_Graphic.jpg

Michael Visits Dickie Bird Exhibition at Experience Barnsley

On Friday 17th February, Michael was lucky enough to see a new exhibition at Experience Barnsley called 'Dickie Bird: My Life in Cricket'. Based at the fantastic museum in the...

On Friday 17th February, Michael visited Balmoral Tanks in Wombwell. This hugely successful global company, which exports all over Balmoral_tanks.jpgthe world, makes waste water, processing and anaerobic digestion tanks. Michael was welcomed to the site by Managing Director, Allan Joyce. 

After the visit, Michael said: “It was excellent to go and visit Balmoral Tanks.  This is a fantastic, growing, world-leading design & manufacturing firm right here in Barnsley.

"They are an incredibly valued employer, providing a large number of high-skilled, well-paid jobs, and their continued investment is greatly appreciated, as are their exciting plans to grow their business here in Barnsley in the coming months and years”.

You can find out more about what the company does here http://www.balmoral-group.com/balmoral-tanks/

Michael visits Balmoral Tanks in Wombwell

On Friday 17th February, Michael visited Balmoral Tanks in Wombwell. This hugely successful global company, which exports all over the world, makes waste water, processing and anaerobic digestion tanks. Michael was welcomed...

Michael spent Friday 17 February visiting Barnsley College in Town and Sandhill Primary School in Great Houghton.Q_A.JPG

Beginning with a 'Question and Answer' session with politics students at the College, Michael discussed subjects ranging from Brexit to how the Labour Party might win a general election again.

At Sandhill Primary School, shortly before pupils broke up for half-term, Michael spoke to Key Stage 2 children. He was asked everything from "what's the best and worst thing about your job" to "have you ever had an argument with Theresa May?" 

Commenting, Michael said: "It's always great to go to Barnsley College - an outstanding college in every sense of the word. A big thanks to students at the College for their questions. Thanks also to staff at Sandhill and to Governor Kevin Osborne. I think my favourite question of the day came from one little lad at Sandhill who asked me what would I say my hairstyle was?!"

Q&A sessions at Barnsley College and Sandhill Primary School

Michael spent Friday 17 February visiting Barnsley College in Town and Sandhill Primary School in Great Houghton.Beginning with a 'Question and Answer' session with politics students at the College, Michael...

This week, Michael used his blog in the Barnsley Chronicle to call for 'protection for the protectors'.

Attacks on the police have risen sharply in Barnsley, up from 27 in 2015 to 31 assaults in just the first nine months of 2016, and Michael is calling for more protection for the dedicated men and women of our emergency services who frequently go above and beyond their duties to look after us.

Recently, Michael has co-sponsored Holly Lynch MP's Bill that proposed tougher sentences for those who assault police officers, and has further supported the Police Federation’s 'Protector the Protectors' campaign.

You can read more about Michael's recent support for these campaigns here.

And you can read Michael's column in full here.

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Michael Campaigns to Protect Police and Emergency Service Personnel

This week, Michael used his blog in the Barnsley Chronicle to call for 'protection for the protectors'. Attacks on the police have risen sharply in Barnsley, up from 27 in...

As reported in The ChronicleBarnsley News and Sport and The Star; on February 13th Michael called for backing for local charity Barnsley Beacons in its battle for funds to continue its work in the community.

Founded in 2000 by a local mother after discovering her three sons were addicted to heroin, Barnsley Beacons does an incredible job working tirelessly to help those affected by alcohol and drug addiction.

It offers a range of services, including a telephone helpline, one-to-one and group support sessions, respite activities, social events, and coffee mornings for those suffering from addiction and their families and friends.

Last year alone, the charity helped 103 people over 605 sessions, and the demand for its services rose by around 20% in the last four months.

However, Barnsley Beacon’s future could now be in doubt unless it can raise more funds to sustain its work, and along with Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis, Michael is calling for everyone to back this fantastic charity.

Commenting, Michael said:

“These are tough times when it comes to charities who rely on our support to survive and provide vital services in the community.

I would urge people and organisations who might be able to support Barnsley Beacon to get in touch with them so they can continue helping relatives and carers of people with drug and alcohol problems.”

You can find out more about Barnsley Beacons here: http://info75595.wixsite.com/barnsleybeacon

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Michael Calls for Backing for Local Charity

As reported in The Chronicle, Barnsley News and Sport and The Star; on February 13th Michael called for backing for local charity Barnsley Beacons in its battle for funds to continue...

Michael has written in the Yorkshire Post about the need for substance, not spin, for genuine growth in the North.

The Government has recently announced extra funding for its 'Northern Powerhouse' plans, including an apparent investment of £556m for the North.

But Michael has written to outline the failed promises and spin of the Government when it comes to the Northern Powerhouse, meaning their plans are little more than an empty Northern PR-house.

You can read the full article on Michael's blog here.

Why Substance, Not Spin, is Needed for Northern Growth

Michael has written in the Yorkshire Post about the need for substance, not spin, for genuine growth in the North. The Government has recently announced extra funding for its 'Northern...

Last Week, Michael supported Barnsley's 'Pride Over Prejudice' Festival, a celebration of Barnsley's LGBT history and the 50th Anniversary of the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality.

Commenting on the Festival, Michael said:

"I am proud to support equal rights for the LGBT community. That's why I voted for equal marriage when I was first elected to Parliament."

"As a community here in Barnsley, it is also important that we celebrate our diversity and it is why I am keen to support the family-friendly POP festival."

You can read more of Michael's thoughts on LGBT rights and the POP festival on his blog here.

And you can read more on the Pride Over Prejudice festival hereLGBT.jpg

Michael Supports 'Pride Over Prejudice Festival'

Last Week, Michael supported Barnsley's 'Pride Over Prejudice' Festival, a celebration of Barnsley's LGBT history and the 50th Anniversary of the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality. Commenting on the Festival, Michael said: "I am...

See Michael's interview with Chemist and Druggist about keeping up the campaign to protect community pharmacies here: 

http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/pharmacy-champion-slams-every-step-dh-cuts-approach?cid=SOC-CDNEW-TWITTER-CD 

Michael's Interview On Pharmacies with Chemist and Druggist

See Michael's interview with Chemist and Druggist about keeping up the campaign to protect community pharmacies here:  http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/pharmacy-champion-slams-every-step-dh-cuts-approach?cid=SOC-CDNEW-TWITTER-CD 

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, on Thursday 9th February, Michael accused the Government of presiding over a National Health Service at breaking point, after figures released show patients treated under four hours at Barnsley Hospital Accident and Emergency Department in December fell to a new low of 83.5 per cent.

The Government targets 95 per cent of A&E patients to be treated within four hours, but this figure at Barnsley Hospital fell from 87.7% in November to only 83.5% in December.

Barnsley Hospital has not met these target since August, treating only 94.7% of patients within four hours in September, 93.2% in October, and 87.7% in November.

Nationally, the figures for January suggest a record number of people spent more than four hours waiting in A&E units, whilst a record number more waited for more than twelve hours.

Commenting, Michael said:

“The Government is presiding over a National Health Service at breaking point, with Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May in complete denial.

It's harder than ever to see your GP and A&E has come under enormous strain, but these latest figures on waiting times are genuinely shocking.

Cuts of £4.6 billion to the social care budget have left hospitals unable to discharge patients and cut the number of available hospital beds. 

Hospitals are overcrowded, understaffed and underfunded. The Government’s disastrous policies, including cuts to community pharmacies, will only make things worse. 

The staff at Barnsley Hospital do a fantastic job in increasingly difficult circumstances, and it is high-time our Government got a grip and gave them the support they deserve.”

Michael Accuses Government of Presiding Over NHS at Breaking Point

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, on Thursday 9th February, Michael accused the Government of presiding over a National Health Service at breaking point, after figures released show...

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and The Star; On Tuesday 7th February Michael is co-sponsoring Holly Lynch’s fantastic Bill that would ensure tougher penalties for criminalsScan0023.jpg who
assault police officers and other members of the emergency services.

The Bill will be discussed in the House of Commons, and Michael is pleased to add his backing.

In Barnsley alone, there were 31 assaults on police in the first nine months of 2016, more than the entire number of 27 across 2015.

Across the country, there were an estimated 23,000 assaults on police officers in 2015.

Along with Holly Lynch’s Bill, Michael is supporting the Police Federation’s ‘Protect the Protector’s’ campaign. This campaign was
launched on 6th February, and similarly calls for better protection for police officers. You can read more about the campaign here: https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/home-affairs/policing/press-release/police-federation-england-and-wales/83073/national 

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“Our police and emergency services do an incredible job in difficult circumstances, and this Bill will give them the necessary support and security they need to continue keeping people safe in Barnsley and across the country.”

 

 

 

Michael Co-Sponsors Bill to Crack Down on Police Assaults

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and The Star; On Tuesday 7th February Michael is co-sponsoring Holly Lynch’s fantastic Bill that would ensure tougher penalties for criminals who assault police officers and...


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