Westminster Update

Another week, another video!

We've had a busy week here in Parliament with, amongst other things, the elections for chairs of select committees.

New rules for school funding

I welcome new legislation which will guarantee minimum funding levels for all schools. Initially, the increase in school funding was set out by the Chancellor in September, and outlined government aims to ensure fairer funding to all parts of the UK.

Publishing Age Appropriate Design Code

I'm delighted to hear that the Information Commissioner's Office has published the Age Appropriate Design Code. This Code comes as the next step in the online harms agenda and wider government priorities to protect children online.

Meeting NN Cresswell Buses

On Friday, it was lovely to meet Mary and the team at NN Cresswell Buses and Coaches in Evesham to discuss local transport provision and regulation issues.

Meeting with Worcestershire Acute Trust team

I and other Worcestershire MPs - Rachel Maclean, Robin Walker and Mark Garnier - spent yesterday morning with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Chief Executive Matthew Hopkins and his team discussing the performance of - and future plans for - our local hospitals. It was a very useful meeting.

Video update from Westminster

Have a look at this week's video update on some of the things I've been up to in the constituency and in Parliament.

Signing Holocaust Memorial Book

This week in Parliament, I had the honour of signing the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment.

Increase in number of pubs

I'm thrilled to hear that the number of pubs in the UK has risen for the first time in a decade. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently released a report which shows that after a consistent and worrying trend of pub closures, the pub industry seems to be recovering.


Visit to Droitwich Spa Foodbank

On Friday, I visited the Droitwich Spa Foodbank, whose volunteers work diligently and consistently for the community.

Meeting local historian, Andrew Harris

I enjoyed spending time on Friday with local Droitwich historian and author, Andrew Harris.

We discussed his three volume biography of Sir John Somerset Pakington - the MP for Droitwich from 1837 to 1874.