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.