Last week was National Apprenticeship Week and as the only degree level apprentice in the House of Commons I was speaking at a lot of events. I had the honour to meet many apprentices studying a wide variety of subjects, all of whom were on a great career path.
At an open meeting in my constituency last Friday, a man stood up and declared that “Conservative policies benefit the rich because all Tories are rich themselves and simply don’t understand how ordinary people live”.
One of the many privileges of being an MP is receiving invitations to local community events. Last weekend was extra special as my husband and I were included in the event to honour Chichester born astronaut Tim Peake.
I have given up something for Lent every year since I was a child. I started off with great sacrifices such as sweets or chocolate and gradually progressed to wine or gin, but this year I am doing something a little different by giving up single use plastics.
Last week in Parliament we debated the rapid closure of bank branches across the country. This particularly impacts rural towns and villages where bank branch usage has dropped to very low levels. For decades we have seen technology enter our everyday lives including in the banking sector.
This week saw the opening of a new Police Hub in Selsey. A modern bright facility with all mod cons, it is there to ensure witness statements can be taken and crimes reported in person, locally instead of requiring a trip to Chichester.