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Westminster diary – 26.03.19

I recently met with Geography students at Myton to discuss their views on climate change. It was great to hear the students’ views on how our country should be tackling this emergency. Climate change will affect us all, but it’s ultimately the next generation that will be hit the hardest. I have asked the Leader of the House of Commons if she would agree to urgently schedule a debate on climate change during Government time.

A petition has been launched calling for ‘Rowan’s Law’, to limit bus drivers’ hours in response to the Coventry bus crash in 2015 which killed seven-year-old Rowan Fitzgerald from Leamington. Rowan’s family have been doing amazing work, collecting over 1100 signatures so far, but we want as many names as possible to present to the Transport Minister when we meet with her in early May. Please sign and share the petition if you can: https://bit.ly/2UiOwfr

Unfortunately, the Prime Minister and her Government continue to make a mess of Brexit. Having said that we will absolutely be leaving on 29th March, this now will not happen because there is no support for her flawed deal.  Instead, she confirmed we will now leave either on 12th April if no deal can be agreed, 22nd May if the PM’s deal is agreed, or much later if a different solution is found. The Prime Minister has acted in isolation, alienating MPs from the process. For many weeks I have been working with colleagues – including Conservatives – to try and find consensus. Thankfully, MPs from all Parties have now voted to take control of this Brexit process to find a compromise.

Finally, may I thank some local public sector workers who are retiring after many years’ dedicated service, who I worked with during my time as a Councillor. They include David Carter and John Linnane from Warwickshire County Council and Andy Hickmott from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. On behalf of the community, if I may, our thanks to you.