We update the diary as often as we can.

Thursday 27th June

  • 9.30am – 11.30am Working on Waste& Recycling strategy
  • 11.30am – 1pm Finalising Waste& Recycling strategy with Shadow DEFRA Secretary of State
  • 2pm – 3pm Meeting Richard Ratcliffe at his hunger strike
  • 7pm – 9pm Suffolk Preservation Society 90th Birthday event

Wednesday 26th June

  • 10am – 11am Shadow Minister’s meeting
  • 11am – 1pm Working on Waste& Recycling strategy
  • 1pm – 3.30pm Attending the Climate Mass Lobby and meeting Constituents
  • 4pm – 5pm Meeting with Police and Crime Commissioner and Suffolk MPs in Westminster
  • 7pm – 9pm Kurdistan Parliamentary event

Tuesday 25th June

  • 8.30am – 10am Gordon Brown – speech on combatting the far right
  • 10.30am – 11.30am Meeting with representatives from The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA)
  • 12noon – 3pm Working on Waste& Recycling strategy
  • 3pm – 4pm Preparing for National Policy Commission
  • 4pm – 5pm Shadow DEFRA team meeting
  • 5pm – 7pm National Policy Commission
  • 7pm – 8.30pm Addressing the Plastics Challenge House of Lords event

Monday 24th June

  • 9.15am – 10.15am Meeting with Police Superintendent in Ipswich
  • 2pm – 4pm Writing speech on unsustainable packaging
  • 4.30pm – 6pm Leading for Labour on Westminster Hall Unsustainable Packaging debate

Sunday 23rd June

  • 7am – 5pm Great Orwell Walk

Saturday 22nd June

  • 9am – 10am  Save Our Shops campaign by USDAW
  • 10am – 11am Windrush celebration On The Cornhill
  • 12noon – 6pm Suffolk Pride

Friday 21st June

  • 9am – 10am Casework meeting
  • 11am – 12.30pm attending Suffolk Day Records Office Extravaganza
  • 2pm – 3pm Opening the assembly at the Northgate High School including speech on Jo Cox and the Get Together Foundation
  • 4pm – 4.45pm Meeting with Food Bank Ipswich representative
  • 5pm – 6.30pm Constituent’s surgery

Thursday 20th June

  • 8.30am – 9.30am Preparation for DEFRA Questions
  • 9.30am – 10.30am DEFRA Questions in the Chamber
  • 10.30am – 11.30am Frontbench duty
  • 12noon – 2.30pm Train to Birmingham
  • 3pm – 6pm National Policy Forum – Food Policy event

Wednesday 19th June

  • 10am – 11am Shadow Minister’s meeting
  • 11am – 1pm Writing speech for Compostable Packaging event
  • 1pm – 3.30pm Speaking at Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association’s event – The Future of Compostables in Packaging
  • 4pm – 6pm Launch of Greenpeace’s major new report into plastic pollution in UK rivers
  • 6pm – 7pm Parliamentary event by Movement for Justice on widening Windrush Scheme
  • 7pm – 10pm Writing my new column for EADT and Ipswich Star

Tuesday 18th June

  • 8.30am – 10am Working on Waste strategy
  • 10am – 11am Meeting with my Environmental policy assistant on Waste strategy
  • 11am – 12noon Meeting with representatives from Local Government Association
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm Briefing with Bournemouth Parliamentary Labour candidate
  • 2pm – 2.30pm Great British Spring Clean 2019 Parliamentary event
  • 2.30pm – 4pm Working on Waste strategy
  • 4pm – 5pm Shadow DEFRA team meeting
  • 5pm – 7pm Meeting with Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • 7pm – 9pm Sustain 20th Birthday Parliamentary reception

Monday 17th June

  • 10am – Visit to new Sidegate Lane housing for homeless families
  • 1pm – 2pm Interview with Stuart White (BBC Look East)
  • 2pm – 3pm Meeting with representative from Sustain
  • 3pm – 4pm Working on Waste strategy
  • 4pm – 7.30pm London Legal Walk

Sunday 16th June

  • 2pm – 4pm Visit to Saint’s Street Market including Innovative Suffolk interview

Saturday 15th June

  • 10.30am – 1pm Constituents surgery

Friday 14th June

  • 11am – 12noon Meeting with Realise Futures Managing Director
  • 1pm – 2pm Suffolk Law Centre meeting
  • 3pm – 3.45pm meeting with Innovate Suffolk representatives
  • 4pm – 5pm Team meeting
  • 5pm – 5.30pm Chat with the Chair of Ipswich Vision Board
  • 6pm – 7pm meeting with Ipswich borough councillors regarding housing issues
  • 7.30pm – 9pm Labour All-Member meeting

Thursday  13th June

  • 10.30am – 11.30am Frontbench duty
  • 11.30am – 12.15pm New telephone system installed in my Westminster office
  • 12.15pm – 12.50pm Ministerial statement on Hong Kong in the Chamber
  • 12.50pm – 3.15pm General Debate on Social Housing in the Chamber
  • 3.30pm – 4.45pm Working on Waste strategy
  • 4.45pm – 5.45pm Ipsos Mori Interview

Wednesday 12th June

  • 10am – 11am Shadow Minister’s meeting
  • 12noon – 2pm Waste & Recycling  stakeholder roundtable
  • 2pm – 4pm further discussing with some stakeholders
  • 4.15pm – 5pm Opposition Day Debate in the Chamber – No Deal Brexit
  • 7pm – 11pm Writing my new column for EADT and Ipswich Star

Tuesday 11th June

  • 8am – 8.20am Radio Interview about Upper Orwell Crossing Cost
  • 8.30am – 9.30am Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants – Right to Rent Roundtable
  • 9.45am – 11.15am Roundtable – Harnessing the benefits of reusable nappies: cutting costs, reducing plastic and empowering parents
  • 12.30pm – 12.45pm BBC Look East interview at Millbank
  • 1pm – 2.30pm Food Waste All Party Parliamentary Group
  • 3.30pm – 4pm Meeting with my Environmental policy assistant on Waste strategy
  • 4pm – 5pm Shadow DEFRA team meeting
  • 5pm – 6.30pm Rights of Rohingya, Bangladesh and Democracy in Burma All Party Parliamentary Group’s report launch

Monday 10th June

  • 9am – 10am Phonecall with Hawthorne Drive Surgery Practice Manager
  • 12noon – 1.45pm Second Anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Fire Parliamentary event in Speaker’s House organised by Grenfell United
  • 2pm – 2.30pm Photocall with newly elected MP for Peterborough Lisa Forbes
  • 3pm – 5pm Meeting with my Environmental policy assistant on Waste strategy
  • 6pm – 7pm Parliamentary Labour Party meeting

Saturday 8th June

  • 10.30am – 11.30am Discussion of Provision of Special Educational Needs (SEND) in Ipswich
  • 2pm – 3.30pm Discussion of plans for new BMX course in Landseer Park

Friday 7th June

  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm Meeting to discuss provision of GP Surgeries in SW Ipswich
  • 1.30pm – 2.30pm BBC Interview re St Francis Tower
  • 3pm – 4pm Discussion with plant managers at Gt Blakenham Energy from Waste plant
  • 5pm – 6pm Constituency Surgery
  • 6.30pm – 8.30pm Suffolk Nature Summit

Thursday 6th June

  • 10.30am – 11.30am Frontbench duty
  • 11.30am – 1.30pm General Debate on the Response to the Grenfell Tower Fire
  • 7pm – 9pm Unite Community Meeting on NHS Reorganisation

Wednesday 5th June

Tuesday 4th June

  • 9am – 11am Meeting with my Work Experience student
  • 11am – 1pm Tabling departmental oral and written questions
  • 1pm – 1.30pm Fulfilling Lives programme Parliamentary Drop In (photo 1, photo 2)
  • 3pm – 4pm Serious Violence Roundtable with Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Crime, and Nick Hurd, Minister for Police
  • 6.30pm – 8.30pm Leading for Labour on Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill
  • 8.30pm – 9pm Meeting with Turkish Kurds

Monday 3rd June

  • 11.30am – 12.30pm Meeting with Jonathan Warren (CEO) to discuss progress on Norfolk & Suffolk (Mental Health) Foundation Trust
  • 2pm – 4pm Consideration of Wild Animals in Circuses Bill
  • 6pm – 8pm Creative Computing Centre Official opening in Ipswich

Saturday 1st June

  • 10.30pm – 1pm Constituents surgery

Friday 31st May

  • 9.30am -10.30am Team meeting
  • Discussion of Housing issues
  • Investigating situations including St Francis Tower
  • 2pm – 3pm Meeting with a constituent about immigration casework

Thursday 30th May

Wednesday 29th May

All day at Suffolk Show including interviews with Lesley Dolphin (BBC Radio Suffolk) and Paul Geater (Ipswich Star)

  • 3pm – 4pm Meeting National Farmer’s Union East Anglia at their stand
  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm Meeting with Easton & Oatley College Principal

Tuesday 28th May

  • 9am – 9pm Campaigning in Peterborough

Friday 24th May

  • 10am – 11am Climate Strike at Ipswich Town Hall
  • 12.30pm – 2.30pm Green King: meeting to discuss their local trade and their recycling policies
  • 3pm – 4pm Visiting Hawthorne drive Surgery
  • 4pm – 5pm Team meeting
  • 5pm – 7pm Constituency Surgery

Thursday 23rd May

  • 9am – 10.30am Tabling Departmental questions
  • 10.30am – 11.30am Frontbench duty
  • 12noon – 6pm Visiting recycling facility in Rochester

Wednesday 22nd May

  • 9.25am – 11am Wild Animals in Circuses Bill Committee (evidence session)
  • 11am – 12noon HS2 Bill Committee
  • 12noon – 12.45pm Prime Minister’s Questions
  • 12.45pm – 2.45pm Prime Minister’s statement on Leaving the EU – in the Chamber
  • 3.30pm – 4pm End the Cage Age – Parliamentary briefing event organized by Compassion in World Farming
  • 5.30pm – 7pm APPG for Future Generations and APPG on Climate Change join session on Negative Emissions Technologies
  • 7pm – 9pm Emails and correspondence
  • 10pm – 12am Writing my new column for EADT and Ipswich Star

Tuesday 21st May

  • 9.30am – 12noon Wild Animals in Circuses Bill Committee (evidence session)
  • 1.45pm – 2pm Therapy Dogs Nationwide Parliamentary event
  • 2pm – 4pm Wild Animals in Circuses Bill Committee (evidence session)
  • 4pm – 5pm Shadow DEFRA team meeting
  • 5pm – 6.30pm Plastic Policies Across Europe and the UK – All Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group event
  • 6.30pm – 9pm Emails, correspondence, HS2 Bill Committee report writing

Monday 20th May

  • 8.15am – 10.45am Attending the launch of ‘Norwich in 90/Ipswich in 60’ in Norwich and then taking the train from Norwich to London
  • 1.30pm – 2.30pm Chamber briefing with the Shadow Cabinet
  • 4pm – 5pm Wild Animals in Circuses Bill Committee
  • 5pm – 6.30pm Motion on Medicinal Cannabis in the Chamber
  • 7.15pm – 9pm APPG on Policing and Security – Policing Football

Sunday 19th May

  • 7.30pm – 10pm Guest at Iftar Celebration of Ramadan

Saturday 18th May

  • 10.30am – 12.30pm Constituents Surgery

Friday 17th May

  • 10am – 11am Meeting with Supt Kerry Cutler re Ipswich Police issues
  • 11.30am – 12.30pm Visit to St Helens Playgroup to discuss Early Years funding
  • 1.30pm – 2pm Constituent visit
  • 2.30pm – 3.30pm Visit to Child Psychotherapist to discuss PRU provision
  • 4pm – 5pm Meeting with Leader of Suffolk County Council Labour Group

Thursday 16th May

  • 9am – 10.30am APPG on Global LGBT rights briefing
  • 13.30am – 11.30am Frontbench duty in the Chamber
  • 3pm – 4pm International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia debate in the Chamber
  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm ITV Anglia Late Show recording

Wednesday 15th May

  • 10am – 11am Shadow Minister’s meeting
  • 11am – 12noon Attending Women and Equalities Committee: Inquiry into Health and Social Care in LGBT Communities with representatives from Ipswich and Suffolk
  • 12noon – 1pm Prime Minister’s Questions
  • 3.30pm – 4pm Meeting with Eduardo Goncalves, founder of Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting
  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm Leading for Labour on Trophy Hunting in Westminster Hall debate

Tuesday 14th May

  • 9.30am – 12.30pm HS2 Bill Committee
  • 4pm – 5pm Shadow DEFRA team meeting
  • 5pm – 7pm East of England All Party Parliamentary Group | Sustainable Growth in the East of England: The Housing Implications

Monday 13th May

  • 10.30am – 11.30am Giving blood in Ipswich
  • 4pm – 4.30pm HS2 Bill Committee
  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm Leading for Labour on Statutory Instruments: Trade in Animals and Related Products (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 811) and Plant Health (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 820)
  • 6pm – 7pm Parliamentary Labour Party meeting with Jeremy Corbyn

Sunday 12th May

  • 7pm – 9.30pm Mayor’s Charity Curry Night

Saturday 11th May

  • 10.30am – 1pm Political campaigning

Friday 10th May

  • 12noon – 1pm Meeting with Northgate Highschool headteacher
  • 2pm – 3pm Suffolk Refugee Support Office Launch

Thursday 9th May

Wednesday 8th May

  • 9.30am – 11.30am HS2 Bill Committee
  • 12noon – 1pm Prime Minister’s Questions – me asking a question
  • 1pm – 1.30pm Call with Hannah Blythn AM (Welsh Deputy Minister for Housing & Local Government and former Wales Environment Minister) and Andy Rees OBE (Head of Waste Strategy in Wales)
  • 4pm – 5pm Planning amendments to the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill with Luke Pollard MP
  • 5pm – 6pm LGBT+ Inclusive Sex and Relationships education event hosted by Stephen Doughty MP and meeting Olly Pike
  • 6pm – 7pm Cladding Forum organised by the secretariat of the APPG on leasehold and commonhold reform, meeting two constituents from Ipswich

Tuesday 7th May

  • 9am – 10am FIND – turf cutting ceremony for new foodbank in Ipswich
  • 12.30pm – 2pm Climate Change briefing lunch in Westminster
  • 3pm – 4pm Finalising my speech for Wild Animals in Circuses Bill
  • 4pm – 7pm HS2 Bill Committee
  • 7.15pm – 8.30pm Wild Animals in Circuses – speaking for Labour

Monday 6th May Bank Holiday

  • 1pm – 4pm Spring Wood Day – Ipswich Wildlife Group

Sunday 5th May

  • 12noon – 4.30pm Speaking at the May Day festival in Alexandra Park

Saturday 4th May

  • 10.30am – 1pm Constituents Surgery

Friday 3rd May

  • 9am – 9.30am Phone interview about Controlling Dangerous Dogs
  • 10am – 11am Meeting with management from First Buses in Ipswich
  • 12noon – 1pm Emails and lunch
  • 2pm – 3.45pm Visiting Huawei Research facility at Martlesham

Thursday 2nd May

  • 8am – 10pm Local elections in Ipswich
  • 10pm – 3am Borough Council count

Wednesday 1st May

Tuesday 30th April

  • 9am – 12noon Emails and correspondence
  • 12noon – 2pm Work on Waste Strategy
  • 5pm – 6pm All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health

Monday 29th April

  • 9am – 2.30pm Work on Waste Strategy
  • 2.30pm – 4pm All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness – to discuss lack of housing for people leaving prison
  • 4pm – 5.30pm HS2 Bill Committee
  • 5.30pm – 6pm TUC “Dying to Work” event to promote rights for workers with terminal illness
  • 6pm – 7pm Parliamentary Labour Party meeting
  • 7pm – 8.30pm Private Tower Blocks: Removal of Cladding (adjournment debate)

Sunday 28th April

  • 12noon – 3pm Judging Pitta Festival in Ipswich
  • 3.30pm – 5.30pm Political fundraising event

Saturday 27th April

  • 10.30am – 12.30pm Political campaigning
  • 2pm – 4pm Political campaigning

Friday 26th April

  • 9am – 9.30am Meeting with Leader, Ipswich Borough Council
  • 9.30am – 11.30am Ipswich Vision Board
  • 12.30pm – 1pm Phone call about casework
  • 1pm – 2pm Meeting with Constituent
  • 2.30pm – 3.30pm Meeting with Website designer
  • 3.30pm – 4.45pm Catching up with emails
  • 5pm – 5.30pm Constituents Surgery
  • 6pm – 7.30pm Political campaigning

Thursday 25th April

  • 8.45am – 5.10pm HS2 Bill Committee visit to the site

Wednesday 24th April

Tuesday 23rd April

  • 8am – 10.30am Emails, phonecalls from home
  • 11am – 1pm Train to Wesdtminster – read HS2 Papers
  • 1pm – 2pm Plan for day, sketch for Plastics speech
  • 2pm – 3pm Meeting with Greta Thunberg on Climate Change
  • 3pm – 3.30pm Meeting with Catch 22 leaders
  • 3.30pm – 4pm Attended Chamber of HoC for Urgent Q on Climate Change
  • 4pm – 6pm HS2 hearings
  • 6pm – 6.30pm Finalised Plastics speech
  • 6.30pm – 7.30pm Plastics recycling debate
  • 7.30pm – 7.45pm Out to Westminster Square to talk to leaders of Climate Change protest 
  • 7.45pm – 8.50pm Climate Change policy 
  • 9pm – 10pm N. Ireland (not able to leave the Chamber)  
  • 10pm – 10.30pm N. Ireland Agriculture Regulations