Helped secure a debate on exiting the EU and Science and Research – I recognise the importance of the EU for Loughborough University and so, in the debate, I highlighted the need for the Government to secure continued access to EU collaboration and funding in their Brexit negotiations. If you would like to read my contribution to this debate, you can do so here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-12-19/debates/292C9A19-9A13-482A-961B-F893AEE899E9/ExitingTheEUScienceAndResearch#contribution-D588932C-4518-4E86-883A-1E0CE4843777
Held a meeting with the Rail Minister and East Midlands MPs - I organised a meeting with the Minister, after the debate I held in November, so that we could discuss the electrification of the Midland Mainline, as well as rail improvements locally.
Attended a meeting with Alok Sharma, the Foreign Office Minister with responsibility for Bangladesh – members of the APPG Bangladesh were invited to meet the Minister to discuss the UK’s relationship with the country and to represent the views of the Bangladeshi communities in our constituencies.
Raised concerns about the future of HMS President 1918 with the Chancellor – a local resident has contacted me about the destruction of this ship, which is the last of only 3 WW1 ships and the sole remaining Q ship submarine hunter. I have written to the Chancellor to see whether he is able to intervene in the matter.
Supported a Backbench Business Committee application for a debate on the Midlands Engine – to raise the profile of the Midlands Engine strategy in Parliament, Chris White MP and I, along with other Midlands MPs, have applied for a debate on the strategy. To find out more about the Midlands Engine please click here: https://www.midlandsengine.org/