My Week in Westminster - 17th March 2017

Voted in the remaining stages of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – this week was the final opportunity to discuss the terms of the Bill, as well as the two amendments on Parliamentary scrutiny and the rights of EU nationals in the UK which were passed in the Lords. If you would like more information about how I voted on these amendments, please see here:


Led the National Citizen Service Bill debate – this Bill will place the National Citizen Service on a statutory footing and bring it closer to being a national institution and a rite of passage for all 16 and 17 year olds. At the beginning of the debate, I presented my amendment to the House, the aim of which is to ensure that the Bill does not unintentionally prevent young people from working as volunteers on a heritage railway or tramway as part of a programme provided or arranged by the NCS. This is of particular importance locally as the Great Central Railway benefits greatly from young volunteers. If you would like to read my speech you can do so here:


Met with the new Bishop of Leicester – during the meeting, the Bishop, other local MPs and I discussed the role of the Church and its work locally.


Participated in an interview with Channel I Bangladesh TV – I continue to support Loughborough’s Bangladeshi community. During this interview, I discussed matters including immigration and the Budget.


Participated in an interview on East Midlands Today about school funding – it is important that we have a funding system that provides the right support for schools and the Government is currently seeking views on its proposals for a new national funding formula. I am already in dialogue with local schools about the proposals and will be responding to the consultation next week. I would also encourage local residents to share their views and, if you would like to do so, more information can be found here: 


Raised a local resident’s concerns about the planning process with the Housing Minister – a local resident has contacted me with their concerns about how long an appellant is allowed to prepare an appeal case compared to an objector. If you have any concerns about planning policy, please do get in touch: