Although this week was overshadowed by my resignation, my week was busy and varied. I did everything from visit a primary school to delegate two legislation committees. I also continued to work hard on energy and the environment, albeit now from the back benches. I met with several energy companies, discussing new regulations and new technologies, with the aim of saving the environment while saving customers money.
I started the week with a day packed full of meetings; starting with talks with Southampton City Council regarding plans for a Solent Metro service, an exciting transport prospect between the docks and the airport. Then I met with Semitrex to discuss inverter technology, a new cutting edge technology designed to improve energy efficiency, and later delegated the Legislation Committee on the Draft Electricity Capacity Regulations 2016.
I also attended the All Party Channel Islands Group meeting, and ended the day with an Environmental Defence Fund Europe event.
Today I decided to make the decision to resign my Shadow Cabinet position as Energy Minister. You can read more about why I made this decision here. I will continue to fight for greener, cleaner energy from the backbenches. I also attended a meeting regarding the NHS after the Health and Social Care Act 2012. At the end of the day, I enjoyed speaking to Labour Party members about the Party’s strategy on environmental issues, something that is very important to me.
I had PMQs at noon, where Jeremy Corbyn quizzed Cameron on his plans to tackle the appalling rise in hate crimes since the referendum. I have been approached by concerned constituents about this and I promise that I will work with them in the face of any abuse that they face in the city. It is unacceptable that anyone face trouble because of who they are or where they are from.
Later, I spoke with constituents as part of the women’s state pension age lobby, followed by a Hampshire and Isle of Wight APPG meeting with First Group. I concluded the day with the AGM of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies.
I dedicated Thursday to a Statoil briefing, which involved in-depth discussions regarding oil and gas production by the company.
I really enjoyed Friday since I spent the day in Southampton, initially at Shirley Warren Primary School, where the pupils are doing some great work to increase education provision in developing countries with the Send My Friend to School campaign. Afterwards, it was my pleasure to visit the General Hospital, and then hold my first constituency advice surgery of July.
I spent Saturday where I left off on Friday, holding my second advice surgery of the month.