This week in Parliament, Kate has been representing Blackburn in Parliament, championing constituents inside and outside of the debate chamber. Events in Westminster have been in the headlines, and Kate and the Labour Party have been standing up for ordinary people.
After the Easter recess, Parliament was getting ready for the expected programme of legislation and debates. I was looking forward to holding the government to account, both as your MP and in my role as a shadow minister.
A lot has been written about the reasons for calling this election, and I voted for the motion to allow it. I look forward to standing on my record in Parliament and advocating for policies that will benefit everyone in Blackburn and in Britain.
However I do not believe it is an election we needed. MPs are elected to serve their constituents, to scrutinise legislation and to represent them. Less than two years after the last general election, the Tories have decided to force the country to go the polls again. It is an irresponsible move, driven by purely political calculations, and aimed to cynically divide the country and communities.
I was able to ask a question in the House on Thursday – I asked the Chancellor about the so-called fairer funding formula. Schools in Blackburn are forecast to lose huge amounts of money, some over £800 per pupil. You can look up individual schools here http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/
You can watch the exchange here: https://goo.gl/S94YmL
Once Parliament is dissolved, I will no longer be releasing these weekly updates as I will be out campaigning for every vote.
Are you a constituent experiencing difficulty or do you have a cause you wish to raise? You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0125452317 or write to Kate Hollern, Richmond Chambers, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, BB1 7AS