In the community
Over the past month I have received campaign emails from constituents wishing to see fracking halted and to share concerns about the risk to the NHS in any trade deal with the US. Several constituents wrote regarding the NHS’s failure to deliver adequate postnatal check-ups that all mothers should receive 6 weeks after giving birth, others asking me to support unpaid carers, and many have written to say they are against a rise in beer duty and want me to fight to protect pubs.
A large proportion of the emails in my inbox were from constituents contacting me expressing a wide range of views on Brexit, including asking me to stop no deal, support a referendum, to leave without a deal and several wrote on the topic of the unlawful prorogation of parliament.
I have been out and about attending events in the constituency and beyond, including the Mind BLMK AGM in Flitwick and chairing the most recent UpRising Bedfordshire business breakfast meeting. I’ve also attended coffee mornings, including one for Small Businesses and another for the Macmillan charity.
On the 20th September I was delighted to join many young people as they held their School Strike for Climate. Other events included the mayoral reception for Mayor of Kempston, the Health and Wellbeing Fair at the Corn Exchange, and a fundraising event at Bedford Rugby Club for Macmillan.
Earlier this month, I was inspired by the student leaders of the Sixth Form at Bedford School as they lead their inaugural Ready 2 Lead conference, I attended a fundraising event at Bedford Rugby Club, and participated in the events organised by the Borough in the town centre for Mental Health Awareness.
Parliament was unlawfully prorogued for some of the last month but I have nonetheless asked a number of written questions, to which many of the responses raise more questions than answers which require further follow up.
On the 10th September I joined UNISON in Parliament for a Disability Rights UK Roundtable to discuss disability rights post Brexit.
On Wednesday 11 September I attended Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Parliamentary Reception. Holocaust Memorial Day will take place on 27 January 2020, and will commemorate the landmark 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The reception in September was to launch their resources and announce how the Trust will mark this milestone anniversary year. The theme for HMD 2020 is Stand Together. Now more than ever, we need to stand together with others in our communities in order to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.
The following are all my recent appearances in the House of Commons, and links to my written questions:
16/10/2019: Debate on the Address: Public Services
15/10/2019: Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-Year-Olds
05/09/2019: Supply of Medicines: No Deal: challenged the Government on the Yellowhammer document on base case post Brexit impact.
Housing Communities and Local Government Select Committee
In September the Committee took evidence from campaigners and academics in our new social housing inquiry. The new inquiry examines the effectiveness of the Government’s current strategies to boost social and affordable housing provision.
Also in September, the Committee warned the Government to take heed of local council warnings over restrictive waste strategy: The Committee warned that the strategy risks placing a needless burden on local authorities by enforcing a prescriptive national approach to recycling and waste management.