GUEST COLUMN: Courageous Corah-Beth, by Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero

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I dedicate this column to inspirational Kirkby girl Corah-Beth Slaney who passed away last week.

Anyone who met Corah-Beth, or read about her brave battle with Mitochondrial Disease, cannot fail to have been touched by this remarkable young woman—she has certainly left a lasting impression on me.

In the short time I got to know her it was clear that she possessed incredible courage and spirit. She was also lucky to have the most amazing mum and dad, family and friends. My thoughts are with you all.

I love Ashfield because of the fantastic community spirit that exists here.

Two mums who came to see me the other day perfectly encapsulated that spirit.

Naiomi Rebecca Mathis and Heather Webster from Skegby are driving plans for an Ashfield Gala.

They have clubbed together and are doing a sterling job to organise a fun family event that folk of all ages can really look forward to.

Keep Saturday September 26 free, 12noon to 6pm at Healdswood Park.

If you would like to find out more, get involved, donate tombola and raffle prizes or are a business interested in sponsoring the event, contact Naiomi on 07711060548 or ashfieldactivitiesassociation@yahoo.co.uk and help make it a gala to remember.

Last Wednesday I led a Parliamentary debate for equal pay in the Commons.

It is a scandal that 45 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed women from Ashfield still earn just 84p for every male pound.

From 2016, employers of over 250 workers will have to publish their gender pay gap—something Labour has long campaigned for.

But it is vital we make sure the information leads to real progress, which is why I called on the Government to establish an annual pay check report collating evidence and making recommendations for action.

I think it is time we closed the gender pay gap once and for all and think the annual audit could have helped—sadly the Tories did not think so and voted against it!