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My main focus in Parliament is to represent the people of Wirral West and to raise issues of concern to people here in debates or in questions to Ministers. Please contact me if you want to raise an issue.

In the past year for example I have led debates on funding cuts to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the way that the cockling industry is managed in the Dee estuary. I have also pressed Ministers on Government policy on Underground Coal Gasification.

I was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in March 2018. In this role, I seek to hold the government to account on a range of issues including social security, child poverty, the roll-out of Universal Credit, support for disabled people, the administration of the State Pension and employment support.

Prior to taking up this role, I had been Shadow Employment Minister, and before that I was Parliamentary Private Secretary to previous Shadow Secretaries of State for Work and Pensions Debbie Abrahams MP and Owen Smith MP.

I was also a member of the Environmental Audit Committee up until my appointment to Labour’s front bench. The committee examines the impact of government policy on the environment. It is one of only two committees with the power to scrutinise government policy across all departments, the other being the Public Accounts Committee.

Parliamentary commitments permitting, I am always very happy to meet people from Wirral West who are visiting Westminster, either for a tour or to lobby on an issue. You can find more information on the visiting Parliament page of this website.