It's finally the weekend! I've had a busy and diverse week in Gedling, Westminster and further afield where my work has included:
Meeting the Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to discuss the latest operational issues, including improvements to maternity services.
Meeting the Prime Minister with colleagues to discuss local and national issues.
Then my week took an international turn. I caught up with Ben Rogers of Hong Kong Watch. As you may know, the issue of human rights in Hong Kong is an interest of mine and we talked about the trial of 47 pro-democracy candidates who are currently charged with breaching China's draconian National Security Law. I'll be looking at ways to raise this and other related issues in Parliament.
Along with other MPs from all parties, I then made a brief visit to Brussels as part of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee's inquiry into the scrutiny of international treaties. Now that the UK has left the EU, this country is entering into treaties that were previously within the competency of the EU. We're looking into how other parliaments scrutinise treaties.
Back in Gedling, I welcomed the news that more trains will stop at Carlton station from May 21st. I've raised this issue in the House of Commons and recently lobbied the Transport Secretary over it. I'll continue to campaign for better services at Gedling's three railway stations.
Over the weekend, I look forward to chatting with Trent Valley residents and listening to their priorities.
With Parliament now in recess, I look forward to getting out and about meeting local residents next week.