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This week Michael visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Burton-on-Trent as part of his involvement in the Armed Forces NMA.jpgParliamentary Scheme. 

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. It is a special place that honours those who have served, and continue to serve, our nation in many different ways in both the Armed Forces and the civil services of this country and it recognises their service and sacrifice.

Since planting began in 1997, the Arboretum has become a living and lasting memorial that consists of many thousands of trees and other plants. It now covers 150 acres and consists of around 30,00 trees and more than 300 dedicated memorials. While there is a very a large focus on the military, there is also an area devoted to Police who have fallen while on duty, as well as other areas devoted to the Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services. National charities representing those who have died in particular circumstances, including children, are also found in the Arboretum grounds.

Michael made the visit with his father, Rob, and his grandfather, Gren Dugher, who served in the Royal Air Force.

Michael met with Peter Orgill, Head of Operations at the Arboretum to learn more about the work they do and attended the daily service of Remembrance in the Chapel. Michael then toured the site, guided by one of the many dedicated volunteers.

Commenting Michael said: “The National Memorial Arboretum is a truly unique living tribute to those men and women who selflessly serve our country. It’s made possible by the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to maintain and guide visitors around the grounds. It was incredibly moving to take part in the daily Service of Remembrance and to see not only the wonderful huge memorial to the Armed Forces, but also the other, numerous small memorials. 

"It was also great to be there with my grandfather who served in the RAF and we also talked about his father who served in the British Army in France in the First World War a century ago in 1917.

"It's only an hour and a half's drive from Barnsley and I can't recommend enough what a fantastic place to visit the Arboretum is."

You can view the National Memorial Arboretum by clicking here

Michael visits the National Memorial Aboretum

This week Michael visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Burton-on-Trent as part of his involvement in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.  The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre...

Michael has announced his decision to step down from his position as Member of Parliament for Barnsley East.

You can read Michael's full statement here

Michael Announces Decision to Step Down From Parliament

Michael has announced his decision to step down from his position as Member of Parliament for Barnsley East. You can read Michael's full statement here. 

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael recently spoke about the importance of tackling animal cruelty. You can see his words here:

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Michael also wrote a blog on this subject, outlining in more detail his thoughts on the animal cruelty. For instance despite rising numbers of reported offences in South Yorkshire, from 4,666 in 2015 to 4,806 in 2016, Michael has suggested this is cause for optimism, as fewer people are content to stand by and let this crime continue.

You can read Michael’s full thoughts on animal cruelty here.

Michael Calls for Action on Animal Cruelty

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael recently spoke about the importance of tackling animal cruelty. You can see his words here:   Michael also wrote a blog on this...

Michael has used his column in the Barnsley Chronicle this week to congratulate all those who have made the £1.2 million grant, Scan0076.jpgwhich will be used to improve Elsecar's visitor attractions, happen. 

He took the opportunity to congratulate all the staff involved, Barnsley and Rotherham councils, local community groups and local councillors who have worked hard to make it happen. 

You can read the column in full here

We must celebrate Elsecar's funding

Michael has used his column in the Barnsley Chronicle this week to congratulate all those who have made the £1.2 million grant, which will be used to improve Elsecar's visitor...

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael is delighted to hear that a local charity he backed, FareShare Yorkshire, has been successful in the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘People’s Project’ competition.

The charity won the highest number of public votes, and will now receive £48,300 to help them continue their work in the community.

FareShare Yorkshire is a charity that helps redistribute surplus food from the food industry to over 300 community groups and charities across Yorkshire. But it also helps provide volunteering opportunities to unemployed people in the community.

It is this ‘Creating Pathways into Work’ project which will benefit from this funding award. FareShare Yorkshire will use the money to provide more volunteering roles and training to help local people enter the job market.

In the last 12 months, this project has helped 23 individuals gain the experience and qualifications that have led to full-time employment.

Commenting, Michael said:

"It’s fantastic news to hear that FareShare Yorkshire was been successful in the ‘People’s Project’ competition.

"I was happy to add my backing to FareShare Yorkshire and delighted to see their success in the competition which will allow them to continue doing fantastic work for our community."

You can read more about FareShare Yorkshire and the work they do here.

Michael Backs Successful Local Charity

As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, Michael is delighted to hear that a local charity he backed, FareShare Yorkshire, has been successful in the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘People’s...

Michael has written in the Yorkshire Post about the web of deceit that has emerged surrounding the Government’s plans to cut funding to community pharmacies.

The Government has been embroiled in a High Court case over the legality of their devastating proposed cuts to local community pharmacies.

And evidence that emerged during the trial shows shockingly duplicitous behaviour of the Government in public and private.

Despite public reassurances both in public and in the House of Commons itself over the motivations of the cuts and their view that no pharmacies would close as a result, private conversations and unpublished impact assessments show the Government knew full well closures would result, and indeed actively sought them.

Michael has called out the Government on these shocking revelations, and you can read his full article on Michael’s blog here.

Michael Calls out Government Duplicity on Pharmacy Cuts

Michael has written in the Yorkshire Post about the web of deceit that has emerged surrounding the Government’s plans to cut funding to community pharmacies. The Government has been embroiled...

Click here to read Michael's Barnsley Bulletin, being sent to all households in the Barnsley East constituency, with all his latest news and campaigning. 

Barnsley Bulletin

Click here to read Michael's Barnsley Bulletin, being sent to all households in the Barnsley East constituency, with all his latest news and campaigning. 

Column313172.jpgMichael has used his column in the Barnsley Chronicle this week to reflect on the tragic events that took place in Westminster on Wednesday 22nd.

Michael discusses his arrival into Westminster in the aftermath of the attack, the thanks we owe to all the security personnel around Parliament, and particularly why we must never forget PC Keith Palmer who tragically lost his life in the incident.  

You can read Michael's full column here

PC Keith Palmer: Why We Must Never Forget

Michael has used his column in the Barnsley Chronicle this week to reflect on the tragic events that took place in Westminster on Wednesday 22nd. Michael discusses his arrival into...

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle: as patron of both the LIVE in Barnsley music festival and the charity Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society (BIADS), Michael is delighted to promote their current partnership. BIADS is LIVE in Barnsley’s chosen charity for this year’s festival and also it the chosen charity for ChoirFest 2017, which this year will be part of the LIVE in Barnsley Fringe Festival. 

The aim of LIVE in Barnsley is to showcase musical talent from the town and surrounding area and this year it will take place on Saturday the 17th June and numerous venues around Barnsley Town Centre. The festival draws thousands of local music fans and visitors to venues across Barnsley and the surrounding area.

Michael is not only a patron of the festival, he has played several times at the event. Details of the line up for the festival so far can be found here.

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Commenting Michael said:

“LIVE in Barnsley is a tremendous event which gets better and better every year. They have a fantastic tradition of partnering with a different charity each year and this year I am delighted that they have chosen BIADS.

BIADS does truly wonderful work supporting people with dementia and their families. I am hugely honoured to also be a patron of BIADS and I hope that festival goers later in the year will donate all they can to this organisation. 

The continuing success of LIVE in Barnsley is testament to the hard work of the organisers, Steve Clifford and Dave Pearsall and I’d like to thank them for supporting BIADS this year”

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Michael Promotes BIADS' LIVE in Barnsley Partnership

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle: as patron of both the LIVE in Barnsley music festival and the charity Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society (BIADS), Michael is delighted to...

On Friday 24th March, Michael joined a delegation of local MPs to visit the XPO/ASOS distribution centre in his constituency. 

Michael hosted Labour colleagues Dan Jarvis MP, Angela Smith MP, Caroline Flint MP and Louise Haigh MP.

 

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They toured the site to see the distribution centre in action and met with staff and management.  They also met staff who are members of the Community Union, the trade union that has recently been recognised by the company.

This visit followed a meeting Michael had in Westminster on the 14th March with representatives from the GMB union, including General Secretary, Tim Roache, to discuss working conditions at ASOS.

Commenting Michael said:

“The XPO/ASOS distribution centre is a massive employer in the Barnsley East constituency and they are a hugely successful global company. It was great to see their continued considerable investment in the area.

"It was also good to meet with workers at the site - without the the supervision of management - where we had a frank conversation about working conditions. The staff were frustrated and indeed angry at what they felt was some of the unfair and absurd nonsense that it is reported outside the site about alleged working conditions for employees. But they acknowledged there was room for improvement, particularly around the issue of 'flex', and I was pleased to see that there are ongoing changes and conversations to further improve things. Myself and the other local MPs are determined to see that happen."

 

Michael hosts ASOS visit

On Friday 24th March, Michael joined a delegation of local MPs to visit the XPO/ASOS distribution centre in his constituency.  Michael hosted Labour colleagues Dan Jarvis MP, Angela Smith MP,...


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