MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

MY first week back in Parliament was an extremely busy one.  We started the week off by tackling legislation that will bring about the first full referendum in the UK for 35 years.

The referendum will be looking at whether or not we should reform our current electoral system, from First Past the Post to the Alternative Vote system.

As you can imagine this has been dominating the topic of discussion in the corridors of Westminster.

Many of you have been having similar discussions in the Coffee Shops and Supermarkets across the constituency and it’s only right that everyone should get a chance to contribute.  Therefore I am fully supportive of a referendum on this issue.

The other big announcement this week was of course the news that there could be up to 298 potential job losses at the BAE Warton site.  I have spent much of the week in discussion with the senior management of BAE Systems as well as the Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox.

The number one priority should be to ensure that those affected by these losses receive all the assistance they need.  I will be having further discussions with both BAE and the Ministry of Defence to ensure this is the case.

Last week, I also managed to secure my first adjournment debate and I am using it to raise the issue of the future of the UK’s military aviation industry on the floor of the House.   This opportunity enables me to highlight the important role this cutting edge industry plays in the UK economy.

In other news I am currently organising my first “world’s biggest” Macmillan Coffee morning on 24th of this month.  Macmillan Cancer Support does an outstanding job and I am pleased to be doing my bit for this great cause.  This event is open to anyone who would like to come along, I would love to see you there, so please do get in touch with my office on 01253 729 846 for further details.

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