Yesterday I spoke in Exiting the European Union Questions and asked the Secretary of State to make efforts to ensure that Burnley will not be financially worse after we leave the European Union. I asked the following:
“Although I voted in the referendum to remain, I fully accept the outcome of the democratic election and my focus now is to ensure that the people in my constituency are not worse off post-Brexit. Given that we have benefited from EU funding to the tune of around £5 million a year, may I seek a guarantee from the Minister that the Government have a plan to ensure that those resources continue to come to my constituency post-Brexit?”
This week in Westminster Hall, I joined together with other members of the House to call for more funding to be made available to tackle childhood cancers. I also raised my deep concern that Britain leaving the European Union will have a knock on effect on current levels of cancer drug funding particularly those drugs that are currently used to fight childhood cancer. In my speech I said the following:
“It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. This debate has arisen in response to a petition signed by more than 115,000 people, including 922 from my constituency, following the sad passing of Poppy-Mai, the little daughter of Mr and Mrs Barnard.