Kate Hollern MP

Working Hard for Blackburn

Week in review March 13th - 17th

Last 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.

Lastweek in Parliament, the aftermath of the budget dominated proceedings. Tory MPs who dutifully trooped out to defend the anti-business, anti-entrepreneurial tax rise found themselves looking foolish in national media. The chancellor was humiliated and the government was in disarray.

I have written a blog about that element of the budget in particular, and my concerns regarding Hammond’s blunder on social care. It’s available at: http://www.katehollern.org/budget_u_turn

The biggest news of the week apart from the budget U-turn was that Nicola Sturgeon will be seeking a second referendum. The careless manner in which Theresa May is handling our exit from the EU is threatening to break up our country. She may find that there is not a Britain left to exit the EU by the time ‘Brexit’ is complete. I’m proud to be British, and I’m proud to know people from all four nations that make up the UK. I agree wholeheartedly with the Labour position that our MSPs will oppose triggering a referendum, but that if it is the decision of the Scottish Parliament as a whole to hold one, then it is not my place to prevent a referendum happening.

On Wednesday, I attended a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters. Now, as I am not a football fan, this might seem a bit odd. However, the situation at Rovers has an impact on the whole town, on businesses and jobs as well as in the stands and on the pitch. My duty as an MP is to take every opportunity to represent your views. I will work with other MPs who represent clubs with community relations issues and will work with Rovers fan groups to ensure the issue is not forgotten.

This morning the most bizarre news of the week hit, that the architect of austerity, George Osborne, is to take over editing the London Evening Standard. He’s been described as ‘London through and through’ and will combine the position with his work as an advisor at BlackRock, his speaking engagements and representing his Tatton constituency. I am sure his constituents are thrilled.

Are you a constituent experiencing difficulty or do you have a cause you wish to raise? You can email kate.hollern@parliament.uk, call 01254690120 or write to Kate Hollern, Richmond Chambers, Richmond Terrace, Blackburn, BB1 7AS

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