Politically Speaking – by Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury and Mirfield

AS YOUR Member of Parliament for Dewsbury I believe it is important for my constituents to know what I have been doing in parliament as your representative. 

Whilst on my campaign trail before the election I met too many people who didn’t know who their MP was or what they did for them. This is something I endeavour to change in Dewsbury.

As an opposition MP it is my and my party’s job to scrutinise and hold the government to account.

Many will know a large part of my campaign to become your MP was fighting for the health service to remain public.

Prior to being elected I worked in the NHS for a service which was privatised, and I saw first-hand the damaging effects this had on patient care.

This is why one of my first questions in the House of Commons was to quiz the Health Secretary on the use of private companies who seek to make profit out of ill people.

I will continue to highlight this issue and fight for the NHS throughout this parliament.

I have also been raising the issue of the local economy. Dewsbury town centre is desperate need of investment and I was delighted to see the council’s Dewsbury Townscape & Heritage Initiative kick-start recently, which will see the refurbishment of shop fronts.

In Parliament recently I raised the issue of Dewsbury to become an Enterprise Zone within 100 days of the General Election.

You may remember this was the Chancellor’s promise made within a few days of going to the polls in May.

An Enterprise Zone gives incentives for new businesses to start up or move into Dewsbury premises by wavering business rates for five years.

This in turn will help grow our local economy and improve our town centre which is in desperate need of a boost.

I will make sure that the Chancellor stays true to his word and guarantee that I will be fighting for investment for our town throughout the entirety of this Parliament, not just a few days before a General Election.

This week has been an extremely challenging time for Dewsbury and unfortunately our town has been in spot light again for the wrong reasons. I will be working with the authorities and communities closely as your MP to ensure all is being done to prevent anything like this from happening again with members of our community.

At Prime Minister’s Questions this week I called for a meeting with Home Office Ministers to discuss a review of counter-terrorism policy and tackling radicalisation.



Dewsbury is a wonderful town and together we will put it back on the map for the right reasons.

Paula

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