Dr Luke’s Weekly Update – 25 January 2020

It’s very strange feeling to know that being a Member of Parliament means that the actions you take will be part of the history books and university courses of tomorrow.

That feeling has never been truer than this Thursday when the Deputy Speaker announced that legislation to enact Brexit had received Royal Assent. Knowing the votes that I have taken part in have been a small part of delivering this momentous decision in our nation’s journey is truly humbling; I’m sure every MP who voted to deliver Brexit will be proud of the role we played this week.

Aside from Brexit it has, as ever, been a very busy week in Westminster. This week I have:

  • At last, at the third time of trying, spoke in the Chamber of the House of Commons for the first time, asking the Minister for Women and Equalities about safeguarding women from domestic violence. Maybe I should wear a bright coloured tie to get called next time?
  • Submitted a written question to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy asking what can be done to provide extra support to small businesses in my constituency; if I had been called my supplementary question would have been about our Enterprise Partnership.
  • Met with Health Minister Jo Churchill to discuss primary healthcare in Leicestershire.
  • Signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment.
  • Attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the East Midlands.
  • Went to a reception for new MPs at 10 Downing Street (and got to meet Larry the Cat).
  • Had other meetings with ministers about improving patient safety within the NHS.
  • Somewhat surreally (whilst waiting for the division bell to ring) attended a Secretary of State’s karaoke birthday party – the Minister shall remain nameless, as will the title of the song that I mangled!
  • Interviewed for BBC Radio Leicester by drive time host Ady Dayman, you can hear the interview on Monday’s show.