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On 12th November I had the pleasure of meeting a group of young students from Fullhurst Community College. They were visiting London as part of their psychology class – for most of them it was the first trip to the capital, and I was really pleased to be able to organise a tour of Parliament for them.

After the tour talked about what the students would like to do when they leave school – it was great to hear about their ambitions which ranged from becoming a scientist to practising as a drama therapist. I was especially pleased to hear one of the girls is keen to become an MP, and I suggested she comes back to London to get some work experience shadowing me during a typical day’s work.

 

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A group of politics, economics and journalism students from De Montfort University recently came to visit Parliament as part of their studies in government and public affairs.  They went on a tour, watched part of a Commons debate and met with the Speaker of the Commons to talk about his role.

Afterwards, the students asked me questions about my work as an MP, especially how I balance my work as a local MP with my role as the Shadow Minister for Care and Older People.

It is really important that people know this is their Parliament. I want to encourage as many people as possible to visit me in Westminster. So whether you’re part of a group, like the DMU students, or an individual constituent, please contact my office and I will be happy to organise a tour for you.

 

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The John O’Gaunt, on the Stadium Estate, is a large and popular local pub with a car park and outdoor seating area. Developers have applied for planning permission to demolish some of the pub and use its grounds as a site for housing.  The local community are very concerned by these proposals and I’ll be working with them to ensure their voices are heard. I’ve already received over 100 responses to a community survey I’ve been carrying out and I’ll be compiling a report for the Council’s Planning Control Committee. Please get in touch if this is an issue that affects you.

[11/11/2014 | No comment]

Sarah Perry
My constituent Sarah Perry was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. Through her own experience, Sarah knows only too well how essential it is to raise awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer and to get early treatment.

However, Sarah is really concerned about sexualised images being used to promote breast cancer awareness – like the use of topless models and Page 3. I totally agree. Breast cancer is a terrible and distressing disease which 138 women are diagnosed with every single day.

I support the fantastic work of charities like Cancer Research, Macmillan Cancer Support and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, who work tirelessly to ensure that women have the information they require to check for the signs and symptoms of cancer and to seek early diagnosis.

Talking to Sarah was really inspirational. I am backing her campaign, and I hope you will too.

Jobs, skills and training »

[06/11/2014 | No comment]

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I recently visited an after-school Code Club at Woodstock primary school, in Stocking Farm.

This fantastic project is part of a national network of volunteer led clubs, which was started locally by Abbey Ward Councillor, Vijay Singh Riyait, who is also an IT engineer. He’s been working with teachers at Woodstock and two computing students from De Montfort University to teach children how to make interactive computer games, animations and websites.

The children have fun as they gain new technical knowledge, learn to think creatively, develop their reasoning and work in teams. These are all essential skills which are vital for the world of work. I wrote my recent Leicester Mercury column about skills for the future, which you can read here.

If you know your way around a computer and would be willing to volunteer to help run a Coding Club in a school near you, I’d strongly encourage you to find out more by clicking here.