Stephanie Peacock, the MP for Barnsley East, has been elected to the Science and Technology Select Committee in Parliament.
The move was passed by a Parliamentary motion on Monday and the MP joins the cross-party Select Committee as a permanent member.
The Science and Technology Select Committee’s main role is to ensure Government policy and decision-making is based on scientific advice and evidence, and it runs inquiries into topical issues, legislation and the Government.
Said Stephanie (pictured): “I’m pleased to be joining the Science and Technology Select Committee, which gives me a great opportunity to hold the Government to account.
“A forward-thinking strategy that takes advantage of technological and scientific opportunities is vital to ensure our exit from the European Union helps working people like those in Barnsley with jobs and skills.
“My place on the Select Committee will help keep Barnsley at the forefront of these developments.”
She has also signed a letter calling on the Football Association to fill empty seats at England matches with free tickets for schoolchildren.
The letter, signed by a cross-party group of 128 MPs was drafted by Shadow Sports Minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, and sent to FA Chair Greg Clarke.
It states that the 28,000 empty seats for the recent England game against Slovenia represent ‘28,000 lost opportunities to inspire England stars of the future’.
Said Stephanie “The FA does good work in communities across the country but there is still more that can be done.
“There are dozens of schools in our local area that would welcome the opportunity to send children to Wembley Stadium to see England play, and I gladly joined the call for these empty seats to be used for opportunities for local children.”