My Week in Westminster - 24th March 2017

Paid tribute to the victims of the attack in Westminster – this was a cowardly attack during which we saw the very best and worst of people. I would like to thank those constituents who contacted me to ensure we were ok. I attended Parliament’s one minute silence to remember those who were killed, including PC Keith Palmer who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect MPs and staff. I also supported the Prime Minister’s statement to the House. If you would like to read this, you can do so here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-03-23/debates/AF8D74DF-85B4-4BE6-9515-4E9A57EB2064/LondonAttacks

 

Sent in my response to the Government’s national funding formula consultation - it is important we have a funding system that provides the right support for schools and the Government has been consulting on its proposals for a new national funding formula. I have recently been in dialogue with local schools about the proposals and have sent in my response to the consultation, which closed this week. I also asked the Prime Minster about this during PMQs. My question can be found here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-03-22/debates/091167A6-E1E6-44D9-BEF4-C877BCD394DD/Engagements#contribution-87AF0D75-B9C3-4564-8A76-CB40503F8CEC

 

Led a debate on Social Mobility – I led this debate, along with Lucy Powell MP and the Rt Hon. Nick Clegg MP, which focussed on the need for cross-party action to look at the evidence of what works to tackle inequality in education and boost social mobility. If you would like to read the debate, you can do so here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-03-23/debates/EEE30C7E-207E-44D7-89F7-ECABBC3DC0C6/SocialMobilityCommissionStateOfTheNationReport

 

We have also written an article about this which can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/19/help-poorer-pupils-selection-social-mobility-education-brexit-grammar-schools

 

Attended a meeting with Bite the Ballot – this organisation aims to empower young people to get involved in politics. During the meeting, we discussed how best to encourage students to register to vote. This is particularly important given the number of students we have locally. More information about the organisation can be found here: http://bitetheballot.co.uk/

 

Met Loughborough College students in the House – the college had arranged a tour of Parliament and I met with the students at the end to answer any questions they had. If you would like to arrange a tour, please do contact me at: nicky.morgan.mp@parliament.uk