My Week in Westminster - 2nd February 2018

Presented a petition to end cross border contracting on the floor of the House – I recently met with local taxi drivers to hear their concerns about new licensing rules which mean that taxi drivers from other areas who do not have local knowledge and whose council’s may not have as stringent vehicle standards as Charnwood Borough Council are allowed to work in the town. More information about this can be found here:


Attended 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 a Treasury Select Committee evidence session on the RBS Global Restructuring Group – I am aware of the local and national concerns about the treatment of small businesses referred to the RBS GRG division and so I have pressed for the disclosure of the review commissioned by the regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority. As a committee, we are also working to bring transparency to this issue and so we invited the authors of the review—Promontory—and RBS's Chief Executive, Ross McEwan to give evidence. This session can be found here:


Chaired a Treasury Select Committee evidence session on childcare – it is important that we support parents with childcare so that they can continue working or enter the workplace. As part of the committee’s review into childcare and its influence on the economy, we asked the Chief Secretary to the Treasury a number of questions on the Government’s childcare policy. This session can be found here:


Raised concerns about Brexit with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the Rt Hon. David Davis MP – a local resident has contacted me with their concerns about the impact Brexit and the Great Repeal Bill will have on their businesses. I have written to the Brexit Secretary for his comments on how the Government is going to support businesses facing these challenges.