View from Westminster

Monday 27th June

I started off my week with a meeting discussing the positives and negatives of a Heathrow expansion. Here we talked in great length at what the possible impact would be on the local area and the country as a whole.

On Monday evening I was privileged to have presented the Youth Achievement Award to Karla Walker and Natasa Economou. Karla won her award for her work leading the research on and developing the HUMAN programme, providing the space and shape for meaningful, purposeful discussions with young people. Natasa, won her award for her volunteer work at an orphanage in Rwanda. Here she would help seriously disabled children improve their lives by helping care for them and by raising money for their treatment.

I finished off the day by meeting my constituents at a Meet the Street event in Parliament. Here I invite in a number of randomly selected streets from throughout the constituency and invite people in for a chat, glass of wine and a tour of the Palace of Westminster.

Tuesday 28th June

On Tuesday I was present for the Westminster Hall Iran debate, about the appalling and deteriorating human rights situation in Iran.

Later in the day I was lucky enough to be invited to an event to Celebrate Public Health Excellence throughout the country. I nominated Healthwatch Barnet, who were then invited to the awards ceremony with the Health Minister Jane Ellison MP.

Wednesday 29th June

On Wednesday evening I hosted my second Meet the Street of the week in Parliament.

Thursday 30th June

On Thursday evening I felt privileged to have been invited to the residence of Ambassador Matthew Barzun, to celebrate the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States.

Friday 1st July

On Friday I went to Vietnam with my colleagues from the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV Aids. Here I am looking at the clinics in Vietnam to see how services in Britain and Vietnam can look to share best practice.