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Westminster diary – 01.08.19

On Sunday I’ll be fundraising for Myton Hospice in a 50km cycle ride. If you’re able to sponsor me I’d really appreciate it. Please donate online at justgiving.com/fundraising/matt-western17

Elsewhere, Boris Johnson is now Prime Minister. There is widespread concern about his appointment, even among Conservative MPs.

He was a poor Foreign Secretary and has no mandate to push through a disastrous No Deal Brexit. Johnson’s first policy announcement in the leadership contest was to give the wealthiest in society an income tax cut. In pursuit of a trade deal with Trump, this government risks selling off this country’s national treasure. We do not want to see US corporate involvement in our NHS.

The country needs a change of Government that will work to heal divisions, rebuild the economy and reverse the damage caused by years of austerity. Johnson’s Government will do the opposite.

In other news, I am delighted to have been elected as the new Chair for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Electric Vehicles. Chairing this will give me the opportunity to sink my teeth into two areas I have long been passionate about: the climate crisis and the automotive industry. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years and now proud to represent some of the UK’s leading car manufacturers in our region, I am confident I will be able to steer the APPG to a position to influence government policy.

Last week I enjoyed the Warwick Beer Festival held in Pageant Gardens behind the Court House. Organised by the Court Leet, it is a terrific event and made even better by the new location. On Thursday, I had the pleasure of watching Billy Bragg play at Warwick Folk Festival 2019 – its 40th year! Thanks go to Dick Dixon, John Plumb and every one of the volunteers who help make this one of the leading festivals across the UK.  Finally, on Saturday, I was delighted to join thousands of others for the annual Smith Street Party.

As ever, I can be contacted by email at ‘matt.western.mp@parliament.uk’ or you can ring my office on 01926 882006.