The past week has been the first week of 2017 back in Parliament after the Christmas Recess and we have really hit the ground running.
I’ve had the usual week of busy meetings in and out of Parliament, including an insightful roundtable with a large number of well-informed experts organised by my friend and neighbour Charles Grant. I also travelled to Derby and Wakefield to speak to businesses, trade unions, and local representatives, as I have been doing across the country in the last 3 months.
Following the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers, I asked that David Davis come to Parliament on the first day back after recess to make a statement. Davis refused to account, and I was deprived of the opportunity to question him.
In anticipation of Theresa May’s speech next Tuesday I wrote this article for The Guardian.
Amendments to the police and crime bill on Tuesday
On Tuesday the House of Commons had the opportunity to significantly improve rights of victims in our criminal justice system. We were able to vote for amendments to the police and crime bill that could go a long way to introducing a Victim’s Law.
This would require proper training on victims’ rights and provide a ‘homicide review’ for bereaved families where no one has been charged in relation to the offence.
I wrote about this for Labour List here.
It was a shame the government passed up this opportunity to improve victims’ rights but the campaign goes on.
Launching Mel Onn’s Workers’ Rights (Maintenance of EU Standards) Bill
On Wednesday I was proud to help launch Melanie Onn’s Private Members’ Bill to protect hard won workers’ rights on Brexit.
We know that we cannot trust the government when it comes to workers’ rights. During the referendum campaign Priti Patel said that she wanted to get rid of 50 per cent of rights including the working time directive.
Most people, whether they voted leave or remain, support these crucial rights.
Fabian Society New Year Conference 2017
On Saturday I spoke at the Fabian Society New Year Conference. The morning focussed on the big challenges facing the left: what we believe, who we speak to, and how we win. The afternoon sessions examined the global dilemmas we face: populism, globalisation, and the age of Brexit and Trump.
100% of Camden’s primary schools Good or Outstanding
Fantastic news as a recent Ofsted report resulted in 100% of Camden’s primary schools now being rated as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. This continues from the news in December that Camden’s schools are above both the national and London averages in reading, writing and maths.
This is down to the excellent work of the teachers, school staff and local council, who all work to provide an exceptional education for our children.