Category Archives: Westminster

School visits to Parliament

This year, Parliament has opened its first ever dedicated Education Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens. The Centre will welcome over 100,000 students per year, facilitating workshop rooms and state of the art technology.

If schools in North East Derbyshire wish to be among the first to visit, contact or ring 020 7219 4496 for autumn term availability.

Phone bookings for the spring term will take place from 8:30am on Thursday 24th September. Schools need to ring 020 7219 4496 on the day.

A transport subsidiary is available for eligible schools to support the costs of a visit to Parliament

There are also 8 scheduled panel discussions for post-16 year old students from about the UK, titled Parliament Matters. This format will give them an opportunity to consider and reflect on key issues facing their Parliament

This is an excellent opportunity for schools across North East Derbyshire to experience the working of Parliament, and to close the gap between the constituency and Westminster.


Parliament Week 2015

Parliament Week is an annual programme of events that engages and connects many people across the UK with Parliament, its work and its members.

It is a fantastic opportunity for discussion and debate about democracy and Parliament in the UK.

This year, Parliament Week will also look at the people who have made democratic change and how they can inspire others to get involved with Parliament today.

Events will take place across the constituency from 16-22 November 2015.

For information on how to get involved, visit

Job Opportunity To Work For Natascha Engel MP

Senior PA to Natascha Engel Labour MP for North East Derbyshire and Deputy Speaker

An experienced Personal Assistant is sought to work in the House of Commons with Natascha Engel supporting her in her new role as Deputy Speaker.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated and organised, a quick learner, efficient with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. It is highly likely that the successful applicant will have performed a PA role at senior level in the past.

The job entails Parliamentary liaison, organising the diary, scheduling meetings with Ministers, organisations, and, most importantly, constituents, generally organising every aspect of Natascha’s working life. Liaison with the constituency will be key, working closely with staff in the North East Derbyshire constituency office, organising the constituency diary for meetings with groups, schools and workplaces.

Salary: £33,000 to £43,00 to reflect experience.

Hours of work: to be discussed but will reflect the sitting hours of the House.

Applications should be emailed in the form of a CV and covering letter to before 5pm 21 July.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed as soon as possible with interviews on 29 July.

Starting date 7 September if possible.

My Government Question Regarding Flooding

Back in February 2015, I challenged the Government on whether they intend to deliver the sustainbable drainage systems that were promised in the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

My question came from an increasing number of constituents who were raising the issue of flooding with me.

Many people are finding themselves knee deep in sewage every time it rains, because the drains cannot cope with the extra capacity.

That is a direct result of the sustainable drainage systems part of the 2010 Act still not having been implemented.

Although there are a lot of new developments taking place, the existing drainage systems haven’t been upgraded and are not able to cope with the increased water flow.

This has to change, which is why I challenged the Government on their proposals. I will keep pressing the Government to implement the improvements they promised us five years ago.

Superfast Broadband

On Tuesday June 30th, MPs in the House of Commons debated superfast broadband.

The Government promise of super-fast broadband by 2015 to ‘every home in Britain’ has not been delivered. This pledge was made when the Tories were in opposition in 2010. Yet, despite being in Government for the last 5 years, they haven’t delivered their promise.

Upon realising that every home in Britain would not be supplied with super-fast broadband by the end of the last government, the deadline has been extended  to 2017. This extension includes us in North East Derbyshire.

The Countryside Alliance have said of the delayed rollout:

“The project will be nearly 6 years late and it has only served to exacerbate BT’s dominance in the market.”

Super fast broadband is important to both individuals and businesses in our constituency, and we should already be benefiting from this in North East Derbyshire.

I hope that the Government’s new roll out plans are accurate, and that super fast broadband reaches North East Derbyshire in the near future.

The debate can be found in the House of Commons Hansard here.

Cardiac Risk in the Young AGM

Cardiac In The Young Logo

On June 24th, I became a founding member of the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) 2015 All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in Westminster.

CRY is a non-profit UK charity established to save young lives and help those affected. It is preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, support, screening and research, and supports the families of those who suddenly die from cardiac conditions.

I believe that all young people should be given the best chance to live their lives to the fullest. This is why I decided to become a founding member of CRY, to help the charity achieve their goals.

I am therefore eagerly looking forward to the future APPG meetings in Westminster where we can hopefully make this goal happen.

Parliament Week Film

Last month I was interviewed by 11 year old Olivia about how young people can engage with the democratic process, in particular through film.

The final video shows young people putting their questions straight to MPs and Peers about this subject, and you can watch it here:

You can also visit the Into Film website here for more details about their projects.