February 28, 2019

Here are some more written questions that I have asked in February. These are a really useful way to communicate with Government and get some answers directly from departments.

1. Question asked on 04/02/19 - To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, w...

February 27, 2019

This morning I spoke to Charlie Stayt and BBC Breakfast (along with Lisa Nandy) about this week's Brexit developments.

The move to offer votes in Parliament on 'no deal' and on an extension to Article 50 are incredibly frustrating and I would certainly not be happy with del...

February 26, 2019

In this morning's Education Select Committee meeting we spoke with Andreas Schleicher who is the Director for Education and Skills at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) comparing how we work in our Education system with other countries, particularl...

February 25, 2019

A few weeks ago I had a chat with Paul Brand from ITV on his new podcast called "Acting Prime Minister", which is talking to backbench MPs about their policy ideas and other issues. 

The idea behind it was to focus on something other than Brexit (although it inevitably came up!)...

February 23, 2019

It was really good to talk about Apprenticeships in Parliament recently with National Apprenticeship Week coming up soon, and to dig through the statistics for our area.

Work-based learning is a great alternative to academic-focused routes like university, and can lead you to si...

February 22, 2019

It was great to have Scarlett Sykes working with us this week for her work experience.

As I've mentioned before, I'm passionate about engaging young people in politics, so I was really happy to see Scarlett so keen to pursue a role in politics and get some experience in a busy c...

February 21, 2019

This week, the Government launches a series of consultations to overhaul the waste system, cut plastic pollution and move towards a more circular economy. 

My column in this week's Chad lays out some of these proposals. 

Key parts of the proposals are: 

  • Packaging producers set...

February 20, 2019

I'm pleased to say that I'm joining MPs across the UK in supporting a national recruitment campaign, which launched last week, from the Department of Health and Social Care, to address the 110,000 vacancies in adult social care across England. 

Running across February and March,...

February 19, 2019

This morning I spoke about early years education, nurseries and free childcare in the House of Commons. This follows my own debate last week on Nurture groups and early intervention in primary schools.

Supporting and investing in children in their earliest years, particularly th...

February 19, 2019

There have been a number of positive announcements recently, which I have shared over on Facebook, but I thought it would be useful to also share them all here. 

  • The Counter-Terrorism & Border Security Act became law on 12th February. It will keep us safer by: 

- Giving po...

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