|This has been a busy session in Parliament, discussing finances, housing and planning amendments, welfare amongst other topics and we now have cross Party support to proceed with Brexit negotiations.
To quote David Davis, who is Secretary of State leading on our negotiations:
“Parliament has today backed the Government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the EU and negotiating a positive new partnership with its remaining member states.
“We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation. We have a plan to build a Global Britain and take advantage of its new place in the world by forging new trading links.”
However, whatever you may think from the media, Brexit has not been the entire focus of our debates!
I have spoken up for children in care and in boarding schools to ensure their safeguarding.
I have challenged the Government on Pedicabs – we need to give TfL the powers to regulate these uninsured vehicles that are a menace on our roads and rip off visitors.
Science and Technology
Art and Antiques
All of us are anti poaching, however that does not mean we want to destroy museum and church artifacts, that incorporate ivory, that have been collected over the centuries. We are therefore working with the antiques trade and their trade associations to make sure that we protect our treasures, but invest in resources to protect the current wildlife today.
One of our local Portobello dealers has written to the Minister, and has shared her views, extract for you:
“Please heed the British Museum and other institutions advising you on the proposed ban on the sale of antique ivory in the UK.
I have personally written to the Chancellor as I believe that we need to fight for our local businesses that keep our streets alive. I am concerned that the combination of the rise in business rates, coupled with the apprenticeship levy, pensions contribution, and quarterly reporting is anti business. As you will be aware the Chancellor has already changed his policies regarding NIC contributions.
I have very much enjoyed attending many constituency events and residents meetings, which enables me to hear first hand the issues that matter to you. I congratulate AGE UK and the Forum for Older residents on their briefing on SCAMS and staying safe. This popular event was well attended, by residents, the Mayor of RBKC, and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden
Don’t wait for a meeting – we like to help with residents issues as soon as they occur so please call us or email with any concerns you have. If we cannot help you, we may know who can – your local councillors, the GLA – and we will be happy to advise you or pass on your concerns to the relevant people.
Meet your MP sessions continue to be very busy and I am usually assisted by the local Councillors as often the matters brought to my attention will be dealt with by the Council. I have no power of direction, so I can only support your local councillors work.
Your team in Parliament:
Many thanks again for all your support.
Listening to Antique Dealers in Kensington Church Street
Meeting local businesses in Notting Hill
Ensuring ESA Assessments consider the needs of those with mental health conditions
Discussing changes to disability benefit with DWP and Shaw Trust
Taking part in the Great British Spring Clean with local councillors and community activists
Business Rates survey with local shopkeeper
Supporting local apprenticeship schemes in Kensington
Celebrating Commonwealth Day in Kensington
Listening to Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, speaking at Kensington Older Resident and AGEUK Forum
Meet your MP – at Kensington Town Hall
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