Westminster diary w/b 20th February


A midday flight allows me to catch up with office administration before heading to the airport. The main business of the day is an unusually busy Westminster Hall debate. It’s about the state visit of President Trump and needless to say emotions are running high. After that I take in the parliamentary science group briefing on broadband. It’s extremely interesting and the scientists were united in their belief that better broadband speeds should be available now and especially in rural areas.


The day starts with my select committee which held a closed door meeting with senior advisers and professors of law regarding the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. It is safe to say that they share my dismay that we have no plan and a growing awareness that the clock is ticking. The potential damage is extremely concerning. Following on from my parliamentary science group event the day before, I spoke in a debate on rural broadband. The only member taking part that can’t see the problem is the government minister responsible for digital.


I had business off site regarding commercial radio and the licensing policy. I met with the All Party Parliamentary Group for fair fuel. And I attended a briefing on a greener UK. The Woodland Trust is one of the thirteen UK environmental organisations that have recently come together to form Greener UK, with the aim of ensuring the UK’s environment is protected and enhanced as we leave the European Union.


A day given up to reading and research. I met up with Rachel Moran to hear about the recently changed laws in both Northern Ireland and the Republic regarding prostitution. Rachel has campaigned long and hard on this subject. She doesn’t sugar coat the subject matter and I always come away better informed.


Is a busy day at Westminster. I am there for the report and third reading of the SNP Bill, preventing and combating violence against woman and domestic violence. We fully expect the usual Conservative back benchers to try and obstruct the bill and as I write this at 9:38am the games have already started.