My week in Westminster (11th to 14th October)

I had intended writing this up on Sunday but IT problems at home frustrated my intentions…so this is a note on some highlights of last week.  Monday was actually my 44th birthday.  Being an MP means your birthday appears in the quality papers but Parliament is not like any other workplace so there were no cakes or drinks with colleagues, which was the norm in the “real world” pre 2005!

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Anti Slavery Day

Today is the UK’s first Anti Slavery Day.  On Saturday I went to the Body Shop in Cabot Circus, Bristol to support their petition on sex trafficking – a 21st century form of slavery.

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In praise of Wildscreen festival 2010

Just got home from attending the opening night of Wildscreen 2010 at the Bristol Old Vic.  This week hundreds of people from all over the world will descend on Bristol to take part in screenings and discussions about wildlife film, tv and photography.

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Football pitch versus town green

Many constituents have written to me in support of Bristol City Football Club as they try to overturn the granting of “Town Green” status to the piece of land in Ashton where they want to build a new 30,000 seat stadium

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Labour’s new Leader

So by the narrowest of margins the younger Miliband has won.  We can now see how the PM debates will look in 2015.

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In praise of Bristol Green Doors

I’ve spent an enjoyable half day visiting houses in Cotham and Redland.  The householders had opened up their homes not to prospective buyers but to everyone who wanted ideas on how to reduce our domestic carbon footprint.

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Bring back Avon?

This morning I did an interview with Radio Bristol’s breakfast show on whether we should bring back Avon.  It’s been suggested by a local business big-whig (the Labour supporting John Savage) that the four unitary councils should all be chopped and replaced by a super council that would be more efficient.

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Voting Reform – 1st stage passed

The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill passed its Second Reading (approval in principle) stage in the Commons late last night.  It will now be considered in detail over 7 days in October.

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Back to Westminster

I will be getting the train back to Westminster in the morning.  Parliament normally has summer recess from the end of July to the second week of October. Every year this leads to lots of criticism about MPs’ having long summer holidays.   But actually the British House of Commons  has more sitting days than every other world legislature, though sometimes the US Senate sits for longer.

 

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Bristol Gay Pride

This Saturday will see Bristol’s first major gay Pride event.  It follows a programme of events during the week including films, comedy and of course rather a lot of partying and socialising.

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