This week was very disappointing due to the E.U. referendum result and the chaos that followed. Already we are seeing signs of economic instability with the pound dropping and our credit rating being downgraded and I worry it is only a matter of time before the result starts to negativity affect Southampton. My work as an MP however continued, supporting many charities doing great work across Southampton, and continuing with my energy work in Parliament and in meetings. As the full consequences of Brexit emerge, I will continue to work hard in mitigating any adverse effects on Southampton.
I was delighted to start the week by speaking at the UNISON Annual Energy Conference, where I criticised the government for turning its back on the chance to create a more efficient, cheaper and greener energy supply system. Later that day I headed back to Parliament for a special session to remember Jo Cox. I was horrified when I got the news that Jo had been killed whilst doing her job as an MP in her constituency, I will remember Jo as someone who got things done with zeal and enthusiasm. I hope we can all remember her belief that we have more in common than divides us when we go about our work in politics.
On Tuesday I had a phone call discussing sustainable farming systems, GLOBE, and the Brooke, a charity which does great work helping with the use of horses and donkeys for farming in developing countries.
I then attended the presentation of the Annual City of Sanctuary Southampton Award, which celebrates schools who have welcomed refugee children. After the award ceremony, I enjoyed a performance of the World Stage Drama Now play ‘Welcome’.
Today I had the pleasure of visiting the 3rd Age Centre Community and Football Development Project, a Southampton based charity which provides community resources and delivers activities to local people. Afterwards, I attended my second show of the week, although this time it was a City College art students’ end of year exhibition.
Thursday was of course the long awaited referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. I worked tirelessly with volunteers across Southampton, campaigning on behalf of Labour In for Britain. Unfortunately we didn't get the result we had campaigned for, but a big thank you to all of Labour's volunteers on the day.
On Saturday I enjoyed attending an autism event in Southampton, which rose awareness for this great cause.