Led a Westminster Hall debate on planning – I know that planning is a great concern to many local residents and so I applied for this debate to discuss the role of local communities in the planning system. In my speech, I addressed three main points: how the five-year land supply is being stymied by developers; how residents learn about appeals; and how poorly worded planning conditions can let communities down. If you would like to read my speech and the Minister for Local Government’s response, you can do so here.
Participated in a roundtable discussion on the Customs Union - whilst the 2017 Conservative Party Manifesto ruled out continued membership of both the Single Market and the Customs Union, it also said that the UK would seek a deep and special partnership via a free trade and customs agreement. As Turkey shows us, a customs union deal with a non-EU member is possible and so it is important to now explore what is meant by a ‘customs agreement’. The meeting was an opportunity to hear the views of businesses.
Met with the British Red Cross to discuss refugees – Britain has a proud history of providing asylum to those most in need and it is important that this continues. During the meeting, we discussed the work the charity is doing on refugee family reunion, particularly in regard to the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill. If you have any thoughts or concerns about refugees or the Bill, please do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chaired the APPG on Heritage Rail’s meeting – at this meeting, we heard from Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chairman of Network Rail, on a range of topics which will help inform our forthcoming report on young people and heritage railways. This is particularly important locally given young people’s involvement with the Great Central Railway.
My office supported the East Midlands APPG meeting - this APPG brings together MPs of all parties who represent constituencies in the East Midlands to discuss regional matters and decide how best to work together to promote local causes in Parliament. We will particularly be focusing on infrastructure following the East Midlands Summit held on 27th November.
Chaired Treasury Select Committee evidence sessions on the UK’s economic relationship with the EU, SME Finance, the Bank of England Inflation Reports and the re-appointment of Dr Gertjan Vlieghe to the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee – if you would like to watch these sessions, you can do so here. More information about these inquiries and the work of the committee can be found here.