The last two weeks have been exciting to say the least. I got to help my colleagues in Southampton keep control of the council, attend a climate march in London and welcome a new project bringing jobs to my city. Read on to find out what else I've been up to.
Tuesday 3rd May
My days in Parliament are often varied and today was no different, I had a meeting with International Parliamentarians at a West Papua meeting before heading off to attend the Green Ribbon Political Awards. These awards are for politicians and businesses that have been doing fantastic work on green issues throughout the year. I want to offer particular congratulations to Baroness Young who won for her work highlighting the environmental risks to leaving the European Union.
Wednesday 4th May
I started the day meeting with other members of the Shadow DECC team, planning the next few months of action and working on the Energy Bill. We are all particularly worried about what leaving the EU would do for our work trying to mitigate climate change in the UK. After watching PMQs I went back to Southampton to watch Professor Brown's lecture titled 'What do we do about rising inequality?' at Solent University.
Thursday 5th May
I spent the day speaking to voters in Southampton to let them know what was at stake if the Tories took control of the council. Luckily this didn't happen, and our fantastic Labour councillors remain in control of Southampton. I am very proud of the work that our councillors do to make this city a great place to live and work.
Friday 6th May
I was delighted to cut the ribbon at Hope construction's new material's site on Mount Pleasant Road today. Southampton has a long and proud tradition of building and construction, and it is great to see Hope bringing jobs to the city in this sector. Some fun was brought to the event by the students at Mount Pleasant Junior school who had a competition to name the digger. Unfortunately the Alan Whitehead digger did not make the cut.
Saturday 7th May
Today was filled with my first constituency advice surgery of the month, where I try to help constituents with any issues they have. I will have many more as the month goes on.
Sunday 8th May
I attended the Going Backwards on Climate Change March in London. I am very worried that the current government's policy on Climate Change is going to undo all of the progress we have made on mitigating climate change.
The last two weeks have been exciting to say the least. I got to help my colleagues in Southampton keep control of the council, attend a climate march in London...
On Thursday last week I had the chance to visit the Erskine Court development which is currently in progress in Coxford.
Erskine Court when opened will be providing cutting edge housing and care for elderly people as part of the Southampton City Council's successful estate regeneration programme.
The Erskine Court Development is a great example of Southampton City Council working with a number of organisations to provide the best possible services for it's residents.
I was delighted to be invited to visit the site by the National House Building Council. I donned my hard hat to meet some of the developers and builders who are working to complete the development, which when finished will provide 54 affordable one and two bedroom housing care units of a very high standard for elderly people in Lordshill.
The new Erskine Court development really looks to be an example of high quality and imaginatively designed building in action. I have always kept a close eye on the fortunes of Erskine Court over the years and the number of flats, the facilities on site and the availability of community facilities all represent a great step forward on the previous provision. It is important that supported housing offers the very best for people maintaining their independence in later years but who require some help to do so, and I am very pleased that Southampton residents will be able to find that quality of supported home available in their local area.
On Thursday last week I had the chance to visit the Erskine Court development which is currently in progress in Coxford. Erskine Court when opened will be providing cutting edge...
As MP for Southampton Test I do my best to ensure that all of my constituents get a fair deal out of the decisions that are made in Westminster. Since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010 this has become a much tougher job, particularly when it comes to standing up for young people in Southampton.
The deal that this Tory government is offering young people in Southampton and across the UK is really not much of a deal at all. Last week it was announced that student Maintenance Grants would be scrapped completely, these grants are a lifeline to students from poorer backgrounds and this callous cut will affect over 10,000 students in Southampton.
If that wasn't bad enough, FE colleges such as Richard Taunton's have seen their funding cut by 14% since the Tories took power in 2010. These colleges are offering not only A-Levels, but apprenticeships and also second chances to young people for whom an FE college might be the only path of education left available to them.
Those not wanting to go off to University or further education are faced with trying to find a job that will pay the entirety of ever increasing rent as they are no longer eligible for housing benefits. And Osborne has already made it clear that these young people will also be ineligible for the increased 'living wage' when it is introduced.
When I asked the Prime Minister what he had against young people in the UK, he accused me of doing this country down and claimed that his was the party of aspiration. But that simply isn't the case for thousands of young people in Southampton having to choose between a low paid, unstable job or ending up in more debt than their better off peers for their education.
As MP for Southampton Test I do my best to ensure that all of my constituents get a fair deal out of the decisions that are made in Westminster. Since...
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