Dr Luke's Weekly Update - 25 July 2020

The parliamentary summer recess has now started and contrary to popular belief that doesn’t mean MPs going away for six weeks.

Recess is a time when we can focus on our constituencies, gain a greater understanding of the issues that matter to local people, and plan for how we can best represent them when we get back to Westminster. August will very much be a month of catching up on casework and continuing to champion Hinckley and Bosworth from my constituency office, and building on a strategy to best further the interests of our community in Parliament. 

It’s also true that this week has been business as usual in terms of meetings, I have:

  • Met with the Secretary of State for Education to discuss education issues in the East Midlands, asking about funding for schools in Hinckley & Bosworth.
  • Spoke with the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation about promoting Bosworth as a centre of excellence particularly MIRA.
  • Held a meeting with the Cimate Coalition where we discussed green transport, renewable energy and regenerative agriculture – amongst other things.
  • Took part in the Health and Social Care Select Committee where we questions Professor Chris Whitty.
  • Asked the Secretary of State for Health about the accurate reporting of coronavirus deaths.
  • Took part in a ‘regional roundtable’ with the Minister for International Trade where we discussed future Free Trade Agreements – and the fact that the NHS is not for sale!
  • Asked the Home Secretary about British citizenship passports for armed forces veterans.
  • And the Women and Equalities Minister about my body image campaign.
  • Held another virtual constituent’s surgery.
  • Took part in another ‘regional roundtable’ where we talked about the Midlands visitor economy post after the pandemic - the Midlands Engine.
  • …and was interviewed by The Speaker’s Magazine about how my past experience of public speaking has helped me as an MP.