Wanted: One functional Government. Sadly, the current one is missing in action. This week I told BBC News that enough is enough, we need a General Election and to replace it entirely.
I also told the Financial Times how the Government were generated nothing but more reheated, sticking plaster solutions to the cost of living crisis. Recycling old announcements won’t do, we need real action and fresh ideas.
Meanwhile it was lovely to spend time with Labour Business at the Association of British Insurers with Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves. Labour is proudly pro-business and proudly pro-worker. As we’ve seen from their ugly leadership contest, the Tories don’t know what they’re for, but it certainly isn’t decisive action for a fair and thriving economy.
Back in the constituency it was really helpful to meet with David Wills from PES Services, a local green energy company, and to be able to put him in touch with Sean Owen, Head of Net Zero at Greater Manchester Combined Authority. I’m really keen to ensure companies from the constituency can play a significant part in the growth of the green economy but the truth is opportunities from Government are far too limited- I want to see much more ambition and support.
And last week I found an incredible way to spend a swelteringly hot afternoon: exploring the world-leading space facilities at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. It is clear to me how much scientific and engineering excellence we have here in the UK, which should be harnessed by true partnership between government and industry.
In the House I highlighted how twelve years of Conservative chaos has consequences, noting Britain is paying the price; literally. I also highlighted hypocrisy over the ill-timed National Insurance hike.