Westminster Diary

This week I held a number of meetings and discussions in relation to the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee's report on the EU Referendum. The purpose of our inquiry was not to promote either argument- we have MPs on the committee from both camps- but to indicate what the significant effects of leaving the EU could be, what outcomes we can be sure of, and what we do not know. We were able to come to agreement on the report and it has since been published. You can access this here: Northern Ireland and the EU Referendum. 

I also attended a briefing on the future of community pharmacies, an issue I have raised with the Department of Health, in addition to a meeting of the IPU and the APPG for Japan. Other meetings I attended this week include a the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the APPG on District Councils and the APPG on Beer. I also held meetings with Manufacturing NI and AES ahead of the NI Affairs Committee's inquiry into the electricity sector in Northern Ireland. 

As always, it was a pleasure to meet with the Guide Dogs UK lobby to hear about the issues faced by guide dog owners in relation to access. I am very supportive of their work and their #AccessAllAreas campaign, having raised questions on this matter in Parliament.