This Week in Parliament
On Monday, I represented the frontbench on a debate on Fireworks. I know many of you wrote in regarding this and raising various issues including how animals are affected by fireworks.
I raised these with the Minister and pushed him on bringing about a public awareness campaign so that we can plan ahead of firework displays and give those with pets enough time to reduce the disturbances.
On Tuesday, I questioned the Government about their views on the ‘Keep Me Posted’ campaign calling for more choice over how customers receive their statements and bills.
Due to digitalization, many people are finding they are being penalized for requesting paper bills. I will continue to press the Government on these issues in the weeks ahead.
I also posed a series of Parliamentary Questions to Ministers across Government Departments. You can track the questions and answer here:
The British Legion’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign
I declared my support for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which calls for the Armed Forces community to be included as a topic in the next Census.
It has been estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Inclusion of this topic in the next census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community.
I met with representatives of The Royal British Legion and David, a veteran, to discuss the campaign in Parliament on Tuesday 30 January.
CWU and the Royal Mail Group come to an agreement
I was delighted that the CWU, the union representing postal workers, and the Royal Mail Group have come to an agreement over pay, pensions and working conditions.
This has been a long process, but I send my congratulations to the leadership at CWU, the union reps and all the workers who have, through hard work and determination, achieved significant concessions from their employer. #PowerOfTheUnion
In the news…
The Shadow Heath Secretary, Jon Ashworth writes about Labour’s plans for the NHS:
Labour’s Housing Team have announced their plans: