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Labour's Dan Jarvis "not going anywhere", despite colleagues' defections to Independent Group of MPs

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Dan Jarvis MP has told ITV Calendar he is disappointed about recent defections from Labour, but recognised the "very genuinely-held concerns" people have about the "completely unacceptable levels of antisemitism" seen in the party and in wider society.

However, he denied any upcoming defection on his own part, declaring: "I'm not going anywhere." He said he "had more than enough on" already, as both a Labour MP for Barnsley Central and as the Sheffield City Region mayor.

Barnsley MP spoke to Foreign Office last month about safety of former Marine killed fighting IS

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis has revealed that he was contacted by the family of the former Royal Marine, who has been killed fighting against Islamic State, several weeks ago because they were concerned for his safety.

Dan Jarvis, Barnsley Central's MP. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

"My first thoughts are with the Scurfield family. They came to me a few weeks ago very worried for their son's safety and tragically it appears their worst fears have been realised.

"I have been in touch with them this morning and will be doing all I can to support them as their local Member of Parliament.

"It is important to remember that these are still only reports and we don't have all the information yet.

"Erik was an experienced former Royal Marine who was horrified by the atrocities being carried out by ISIS.

"His family's understanding was that he travelled to Syria hoping to provide medical and humanitarian support as an expert in battlefield medicine.

"The Foreign Office are clear that the situation in Iraq and Syria is very dangerous and that people should not travel to the region.

"There is an issue that needs to be addressed as Erik was certainly not the first person to travel to Syria to join forces resisting ISIS.

"There have been several reports of other British civilians doing the same thing, but the Government confirmed when I recently raised this issue in Parliament that there is currently no system to monitor or record people going to the region with the aim of joining the fight against ISIS.

"I wrote to the Foreign Office regarding this issue some weeks ago and will be now following up that letter in light on these events."

– Dan Jarvis MP. Barnsley Central

MP's challenge for mountain rescue team

Gruelling challenge for Dan Jarvis Credit: PA

Dan Jarvis, the MP for Barnsley Central, is taking part in the Marsden to Edale Trigger Race today in support of the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team. The race takes him from Marsden, over Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder to Edale - that's more than 20 miles, with over 4,500 feet of ascent.

Mr Jarvis completed the 'Grin n Bear It' fell race last year in aid of the same cause. This year he will again be running in the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK. He said he wanted to highlight the important work carried out by the Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge .... albeit with some trepidation. There's nothing like a trek across the Peak District to refresh you after a long week in Westminster, but I have to confess the amount of preparation I have done has been limited!"

"The rescue team do a great job in all weathers helping out those who have got into difficulties. That people are prepared to volunteer to do this job and to go out, often at very short notice, is hugely to their credit. I look forward to supporting their work again in the future."


Yorkshire Regiment Military Wives Choir in Parliament

Labour MP and former paratrooper, Dan Jarvis, is to host a special performance of the Military Wives Choir of 3 YORKS today in the Speaker's Apartments in the Houses of Parliament.

It will be the first time that the Military Wives Choir of 3 YORKS have performed live in parliament and the event will be attended by the classical music group Amore who recently performed at the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Yorkshire Regiment Military Wives Choir came together to provide mutual support throughout the worrying period of their husbands and partners being deployed in Afghanistan. This has been a particularly difficult tour with nine soldiers from the Regiment falling in the line of duty.

Music has an incredible way of bringing people together, especially at times of worry and uncertainty, and offering them a solace.

I believe it is very important that Parliament recognises the contribution that families make in supporting our armed forces whilst they are deployed operationally.

– Dan Jarvis MP (Labour, Barnsley Central)

MP to run London Marathon

Dan Jarvis MP Credit: Calendar News

A South Yorkshire MP who lost his wife to cancer will run the London Marathon next year to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

It will be the third time Dan Jarvis has taken on the 26.2 mile challenge.

The Labour MP for Barnsley Central said he wanted to raise "as much money as possible" as well as raising awareness about early diagnosis of cancer.

He added: “We must be bold in our attempts to combat the disease and if I can play my small part next April then I will be proud to do so”.

Threat to the Yorkshire Regiment

An ex army MP has marched on the Ministry of Defence today to try and save a battalion of soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment which is under threat of the axe.

Dan Jarvis, who served with the paras in Iraq and Afghanistan is now a member of Parliament in Barnsley. He headed for Whitehall today with other MPs from the regiment's recruiting ground armed with a letter to the Defence secretary.

He, and others, are convinced the third batallion the Yorkshire regiment which has suffered major losses will go in the latest round of government cuts. David Hirst has the story.