Today I cast my 1,662nd vote as an MP – one of the final votes of the current Parliament – as the government’s Finance Bill came before the House of Commons.Read more
This morning I spoke in the House of Commons during the budget debate.Read more
Great news! Today, during my Parliamentary debate on the need for new legislation to tackle the pay gap between men and women, both the government and the opposition have committed to reviewing the adequacy of equal pay legislation, and legislating to correct any weaknesses if necessary.Read more
Today I spoke in a House of Commons debate on the Modern Slavery Bill. The bill, which was first introduced in June 2014, is intended to tackle the increasing prevalence of human trafficking and exploitation in our society.Read more
It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and to mark the occasion I took the opportunity yesterday to visit an apprenticeship training centre in York Way, in my constituency.Read more
Last night I spoke as part of a panel in a question and answer session in Parliament, organised by Leadarise London. Leadarise is a network of young professional women, and the event gave those with an interest in a political career the opportunity to question women MPs from four political parties on their personal experiences.Read more
Spending an hour in DWP questions was a surreal experience given the extent of ministers’ cluelessness about the problems facing my constituents.
I was 10 when the Equal Pay Act was passed. It was pretty inspiring stuff. So much so that when, as a member of the girls’ choir in St Mary’s Church in Guildford, I heard that the boys in the other parish church were getting at least twice as much as us, my friends Bryony, Lesley and I wrote to the Rector and complained. He didn’t take it well. In fact in his next school assembly he condemned us in his address about “Greed and Avarice”
Tonight The Cally was nearly silent for an hour, the traffic stopped and 600 of the residents came onto the street to join Alan's family. There were spontaneous bouts of applause, singing and prayers. Candles were lit, flowers laid, but mostly we just stood around in grief and bewilderment.
Today I spoke in a Parliamentary debate marking International Women’s Day. The UN describes the day as “an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women”.