2020 was an extremely challenging year for all of us. Nevertheless, I’d like to share some of the highlights of my year representing Easington in Westminster:
- I asked and received answers for 438 written Parliamentary questions
- Tabled 26 Early Day Motions
- Asked 27 oral questions both virtually and in person in the Chamber
- Delivered speeches in debates, including on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, NHS Funding Bill, Rail Services in North-East England, the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, Small Breweries Relief, the Future of Coal, as well as several on the Covid-19 pandemic and Public Health.
- Continued to serve on the Transport Select Committee
- Continued to serve as Vice-Chair of the APPG on Cancer and the APPG on Radiotherapy
- Met with Matt Hancock to discuss the Department’s plans to tackle the cancer backlog, and highlight the importance of investing in and developing radiotherapy in doing so
- Elected Chair of a new APPG on Human Relevant Science
- Elected Chair of the Unite the Union Parliamentary Group
- Elected Co-Chair of the FBU Parliamentary Group
- Elected Co-Chair of the NUJ Parliamentary Group
- Elected Co-Chair of the new APPG on Transport for the North
- Chaired a virtual picket line via Zoom with striking Rolls-Royce workers in Barnoldswick, fellow Labour MPs and Peers, and Unite the union reps
- Presented a petition in the Chamber calling for an inquiry into the Orgreave disaster
- Led a Westminster Hall Debate allocated by the Backbench Business Committee on the Future of the Coach Industry
- Delivered speeches in nine other Westminster Hall Debates throughout the year, three of which focused on cancer.
I look forward to a more hopeful year ahead.