My week in Westminster

This is the first a series of posts in which I will be telling you a bit about my week in Parliament and the work I've been doing on behalf of the people of Norwich South.

On the Side of Energy Consumers in our city

I met with Ofgem, the energy regulator, and the Trilliant Network, who provide smart meters for energy companies, as part of my brief as Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister.

I questioned Ofgem on what they are doing to provide a fair deal for consumers in the energy market.

I told them both my constituents in Norwich are fed up of being ripped off by huge energy companies.

I have heard from over 50 constituents the past couple of months who have pre-payment meters and had difficulty heating their homes over the winter period. Many of these have been elderly, disabled, and vulnerable. This is simply not acceptable in a decent, civilised society, and I intend to keep holding the Tories to account on this matter.

Supporting our hard-pressed local Council

I kicked off my week in Parliament by meeting with Alan Waters, the leader of Norwich City Council, to discuss the issues most relevant to Norwich.  The City Council is facing huge challenges and tough decisions at the moment with huge Tory cuts to its funding.  Our hard-working councillors are doing a good job serving the people of Norwich in difficult circumstances.

Standing up for hundreds of Norwich women who will lose out due to changes in pensions

I participated in an Opposition Day debate on the WASPI campaign (Women Against State Pension Age Inequality).

Many concerned women have contacted me about this important issue in recent weeks, and I have met up with some of the women from the campaign.

Changes to the state pension age are set to leave many women born in the 1950s out of pocket.

Millions of women will be up to £12,000 worse off, and I intervened in the parliamentary debate to highlight the basic unfairness of this.

Israel and Palestine Conflict

I raised the issue in Parliament of Israeli settlements continuing to appear in East Jerusalem and across the West Bank. I asked the Government what action they are taking to ensure that Israel is complying with the Oslo accords.

I take a keen interest in matters relating to Israel and Palestine in Parliament, and will continue to push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the form of a two-state solution.

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