Dr Luke’s Weekly Update – 14 March 2020

This week has been a very busy one not just because of the first Budget of this Parliament but also because of the evolving situation in respect of Coronavirus (Covid-19). As well as being in the chamber for the Budget and taking part in a meeting of the Health and Social Care Select Committee I have also asked two questions in the Chamber about preparedness for tackling the current epidemic.

Aside from that I have:

  • Asked questions of the DWP about the unsatisfactory length of time it takes to carry out Personal Independence Payment appeals.
  • Took part in the Committee Stage of the draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2020.
  • Met with Rt Revd Martyn Snow, the Bishop of Leicester when we talked about church roofs, education, health, rurality and Leicestershire in general.
  • Welcomed the great news in the Budget that Hinckley will benefit from investment to start planning improvement to our stretch of the A5.
  • Met with the Advertising Standards Association to discuss my campaign for tackling the problem of unrealistic body images in advertising, magazines and by social influencers – you can read more here: https://www.conservativeprogress.co.uk/post/our-approach-to-public-health-must-change
  • Visited Lorraine Lee and her team at the brand new Dodwells McDonalds.
  • Took part in a meeting with neighbouring MPs and the Chief Executive and Managing Director of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton where we discussed many issues, not least readiness for tackling Covid-19.
  • Held another constituency surgery, meeting with local residents to discuss a wide range of policy and casework topics.