My Week in Westminster - 23rd February 2018

Reviewed the Government’s preliminary analysis on Brexit – the Government made this latest economic analysis available to MPs and also passed it to the Commons Committee on Exiting the EU and the Lords EU Committee. More information about the work of these committees and their inquiries on Brexit can be found here:


Spoke in the Westminster Hall debate about the PACE Trial – I have been contacted by a number of local residents who are concerned about this trial and its effect on people with ME. I made it clear during the debate that the House must have more time to discuss this matter and that the belief in CBT and GET has meant that other treatments have not been pursued. My intervention and the Minister for Care’s response can be found here:


Spoke in the Westminster Hall debate about UK Basketball – I have been contacted by Leicester Tigers who are concerned about the lack of funding for basketball, particularly given that the sport can help young people who are struggling. I raised this point in the debate, which can be found here:


Coordinated an event with Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and the CBI - I know that local businesses are trying to work out what customs arrangements they will be having to deal with once we leave the EU and it is important that MPs understand what a customs union means for businesses and manufacturers. Therefore, in advance of the remaining stages of the Customs Bill, this event was an opportunity for MPs to question the Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the CBI, and hear her views. More information about my views on a customs deal can be found here:


Wrote to our local GP surgeries about ovarian cancer – a local resident has contacted me, following the death of his friend from ovarian cancer, to explain his campaign for more information to be given to patients about this form of cancer. I subsequently wrote to our GP surgeries to see what information they provide to patients about this and whether they would display Ovarian Cancer Action’s poster in their surgeries. More information about ovarian cancer can be found here:


Chaired a Treasury Select Committee session on the Bank of England’s most recent Inflation Reports – the bank publishes quarterly Inflation Reports which set out the economic analysis and inflation projections that the Monetary Policy Committee uses to make its interest rate decisions. During the session, we took evidence from the Governor, Mark Carney, and other members of the Monetary Policy Committee about the reports. This session can be found here:

The bank’s reports can be found here:


Chaired a Treasury Select Committee session on the appointment of Charles Randell – Mr Randell has recently been appointed Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority and the Payment Systems Regulator. We held a session with Mr Randell to scrutinise this appointment. This session can be found here:

Our final report on the matter can be found here: