It’s been a shorter than usual week in Westminster following the Bank Holiday break. The mood was certainly a little brighter, no doubt helped along by after a couple of days away – and a few too many Easter Eggs!
The Bank Holiday also gave me a great opportunity to get out and about across the patch, catching up friends and colleagues, and getting stuck in to our local campaigns with the constituency team.
But we were back up in Parliament on Tuesday, where I started the week chairing a session of the APPG on Gambling Related Harm. APPGs – or to give them their full title “All Party Parliamentary Groups” – are great way to get action on important issues, and also to get MPs from across the political divide to work together positively. This particular meeting was an evidence session, where people, companies and organisations feed in to the work we are doing, and answer questions from APPG members. We heard from Monzo, Starling Bank and Addaction UK this week.
I also hosted a Parliamentary “drop in” for Post Code Lottery, giving the organisation the opportunity to engage with MPs and staff in Parliament. The Post Code Lottery used this opportunity to launch their nfpSynergy report on how charity lottery limits impact small charities. It was a really interesting event, and I look forward to working with Post Code Lottery in the future.
Later in the week, I was representing Labour on the Opposition Front Bench at Women and Equality Questions. I challenged the Tory Government on improving support for front line medical staff to spot signs of domestic abuse, an issue about which I care passionately. You can catch a clip of my exchange here. Over the course of the week, I also had a number of meetings about the Domestic Abuse Bill, which I am leading on for Labour.
If you’d like to get in touch with me to raise any issues or concerns, please do get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling my constituency office on 01792 462054.