|Tuesday, 23 May 2006 15:48|
On Monday 15th, I spent the morning at
Reed Elsevier as part of the Industry and Parliament Trust
(IPT) scheme. The IPT is a non partisan charity that exists to forge a greater
mutual understanding between the worlds of business and politics. I am taking
part in the scheme through a fellowship at Reed Elsevier – Europe’s largest
media company, that employs 36,000 people in over 200 locations worldwide. Ed
Vaizey, Conservative MP for Wantage is also part of the programme with Elsevier.
It is an amazing opportunity to be taking part in this fellowship and the
meetings so far have been very useful in.
On Monday, I also met with representative from the Bolivian Embassy to discuss the investigation into the murder of a Bolivian citizen in Tooting.
In addition to my commitments on the Standing Committee of the Finance Bill on Tuesday I attended the grand final of the Tiffin Cup 2006. A restaurant from Tooting (Mirch Masala) was one of the shortlisted restaurants in the quest to find the best South Asian restaurant in the UK. More details here and a photo here. I was pleased that local Tooting boy and now famous chef Ainsley Harriott was one of the judges.
Thursday was mainly taken up my commitments on the Finance Bill Standing Committee.
I have also spent a considerable amount of time in the last week considering the Standing Committee stage of the Education and Inspections Bill. I have regularly met with Ministers and advisors working on the Bill to obtain further clarification of points and concerns raised to me by local residents. The Bill returns to the House of Commons this week for its Report Stage and Third Reading.
On Saturday, I had my usual appointment surgery at Tooting Library. In the evening I attended a party in Graveney ward to celebrate the election of Councillor Billi Randall, Councillor Rex Osborn and the re-election of Councillor Andy Gibbons at the recent council election.
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