Monday, 20 January 2014

Westminster this week

Monday sees a key meeting on Off Grid energy at 2.30 at Department for Work and Pensions, followed by a discussion both at DWP, and in Westminster separately, concerning credit unions and local banking; later that evening I am invited to Number 10 Downing Street, with the PM. We have multiple debates this coming week on many issues but the key debate will be on the Lobbying Bill on Wednesday. I am pleased to say that this Bill has dramatically improved by reason of the detailed legislative scrutiny and the negotiations in the House of Lords.
I also have further Westminster based constituency meetings notably with Jon Lawler, of the independent NHS England North East; we will discuss CCG allocations and healthcare generally in the North East. We will be welcoming Sam Armstrong, who is 18 years old & from Hexham, who is coming to the Westminster office for 3 days of work experience.
On Thursday I head north at crack of dawn for 4 days in the constituency. I have surgeries, community visits, and so much more.