Road Safety Week

During Road Safety Week in November, it was interesting to experience what it would be like to drive with glaucoma using a state-of-the-art driving simulator that @VisionExpress brought to Parliament.

Education Committee – Ofqual National Reference Test

On Tuesday, the Education Select Committee spoke to Sally Collier and Roger Taylor, the Chief Regulator and Chair of Ofqual.

I raised that one of Ofqual’s aims is to promote public confidence in the assessment system, and then highlighted that only 2% of the public were aware of the introduction of the National Reference Test, aimed at assessing changes in performance over time.

Backbench Business Committee – Childcare for fostered children

I went before the Backbench Business Committee with the Chair of the Education Select Committee, to speak in favour of an application for a debate on the exclusion of fostered children from the extra 15 hours free childcare entitlement.

This is the only group of vulnerable children that are explicitly excluded from the policy, and I am very concerned about the implications this can have for the children and those who look after them.

Many of these children will have already experienced a level of trauma in their lives, and excluding them from additional opportunities to learn and develop will set them out as ‘different’ to their peers.

I’m pleased that the Minister has decided to support these families by putting plans in the works to include these children in the entitlement. #FosteringFairness

Registration Now Open for Colne Valley Business Conference.

Small and Medium Business Conference 

 9th February 2018

Hosted by Thelma Walker, MP for Colne Valley, the conference will bring together small and medium sized businesses with key stakeholders and influencers.

Keynote speeches from the Shadow Chancellor, Rt. Hon John McDonnell MP and Rachel Reeves MP (Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee).

Conference themes:

  • Listening to the concerns, pressures and issues impacting businesses in the Colne Valley.
  • Celebrating our successes and exploring what more can be done to promote Colne Valley businesses.
  • Supporting good businesses to grow and thrive; to connect; and to prepare for future changes, challenges and opportunities

In Thelma’s maiden speech she promoted the creativity and passion of the Colne Valley. The Conference will explore how Colne Valley’s radical past can inspire a new vision for its future.

“Our valleys are vibrant with creativity and we have a vision for not just a Northern Powerhouse but, more specifically, a Colne Valley powerhouse, leading in technology, culture and arts”.

To register for this event, please visit: 

Agenda to follow.