Tribute paid to Sheffield MP

Meg Munn , Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley
Meg Munn , Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley
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A tribute has been paid to Sheffield MP Meg Munn for protecting vulnerable children in the city.

She was praised during a debate in the House of Commons by fellow MP, Education Minister Edward Timpson, who paid tribute to Ms Munn for her work in supporting children in care.

Ms Munn, Labour MP for Heeley, is due to stand down next year.

Mr Timpson gave his praise after Ms Munn mentioned that safeguarding children boards are reporting increased problems in getting independent schools to cooperate with the requirements to provide information on their policies.

He said: “Can I firstly pay tribute to the honourable lady, who I know is not standing again at the next election and through your time in Parliament has been a real stalwart and supporter of many children in care, particularly the most vulnerable.

“And I know many families across not just Sheffield but across the country are very thankful for the work that you have done.”

During the same debate House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said Parliament was losing far too many outstanding female MPs.

He made the remark to cheers in the Commons as he echoed praise for Ms Munn.

“But can I say I echo entirely what Mr Timpson has said.

“This House is losing far too many outstanding members and far too many outstanding female members,” added the Speaker.

Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused by Labour of failing women.

Labour leader Ed Miliband mocked Mr Cameron at last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions for being surrounded entirely by senior male colleagues on the front bench.