I made my maiden speech in the European Parliament on the important issue of mental health and tackling stigma. This will be a key area of my work in the coming months and I am pleased to be part of the Mental Health Europe Coalition in the European Parliament.
I've been appointed to the Parliament's Environment, Health & Food Safety Committee where I lead for Labour on health policy. I am doing a lot of work on the health and NHS implications of Brexit - read an article I wrote for the New Statesman here.
I'm a member of the Employment & Social Affairs Committee where I am leading for the Social Group in the Parliament on two reports - one on gender equality in the media, and another on supporting people back to work from illness and injury.
Before becoming an MEP I was supporting the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign which aims to secure stronger employment rights for people with a terminal illness. I am now leading this campaign in the European Parliament including setting up a new MEP group to take this important campaign forward at EU level.
On my first day as an MEP I launched my #ErasmusFuture campaign to keep the UK in Erasmus. I want young people from our region and across the country to benefit from these opportunities in the future - here’s a LabourList article about my campaign and you can sign my petition here.