My Week in Westminster - 31st March 2017

Attended the Prime Minister’s statement on Article 50 – this week, the UK’s permanent representative to the EU handed the Prime Minister’s letter to the President of the European Council invoking Article 50. This means that the official process for the UK to leave the EU is now underway. If you would like to read the Prime Minister’s letter, please see the attachment below.


The Prime Minister’s statement can be found here:


After the statement, I pressed the Prime Minister to ensure that Parliament is involved throughout the process, and that the UK negotiates a trade deal that is good for the whole of the UK. The Prime Minister’s response to my question can be found here:


Published a full list of the pledges that the Government must deliver on through their Brexit negotiations – I supported campaign group, Open Britain, in publishing a list of the specific promises Ministers have made to the public. Now that Article 50 has been triggered, people will expect these promises to be delivered and for the Government to explain why this is not possible. If you would like to read more about this, please see here:


My office supported the East Midlands All-Party Parliamentary Group’s AGM - 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.


Chaired the APPG on Heritage Rail’s meeting – this meeting marked the start of an inquiry by the group into the involvement of young people in heritage railways. The inquiry will cover the educational value, skills training, work experience, and the legal constraints restricting young people’s involvement. This is particularly important locally given young people’s involvement with the Great Central Railway.


Met with the CEO of Stronger Minds – this new social enterprise company aims to ensure that mental health difficulties do not limit success at school. During the meeting, I heard more about their work. More information about the company can be found here:



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