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[07/11/2018 | No comment]

The Government’s confusion over citizens’ rights after Brexit and what will happen in the event of a ‘no deal’ exit is causing serious concern for the three million EU nationals living in the UK. On 5th November, I questioned the Immigration Minister about the Government’s plans to end EU freedom of movement and what would really be changing for EU citizens after March 2019. You can read the full debate here.

This week I signed a letter sent by trade union Prospect to the Immigration Minister that called for urgent clarity on the rights of EU workers settled in the UK. The letter also called for the Government and employers to pay the £65 bill EU workers face to gain settled status in the UK. You can read the letter here.

[02/11/2018 | No comment]

I am thrilled to congratulate Leicester College on being recognised as a Centre of Excellence for maths! 

The college is the only Centre of Excellence in maths in the whole of Leicestershire and only the second one in the whole of the East Midlands!

This is fantastic news and a real testament to dedication of the leadership team and teachers at the college who work so hard to support those students who are struggling to understand maths.

It is absolutely essential that young people leave education with their GCSE and a good understanding of maths if they are to succeed and continue to grow in their future careers.

This recognition will equip the college with extra resources to provide help and support to even more students, not just from the college but right across our city and the region.

[25/10/2018 | No comment]

On 24th October I discussed the importance of increasing diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with the Young Fabians.

I think this issue is a matter of social justice and an economic imperative. Jobs and opportunities should be open to everyone, no matter where you are born, what your parents did, your gender, sexuality or the colour of your skin. Our economic success also depends on drawing on the talents of everyone.

However, at present there is a real lack of diversity in STEM education, jobs and careers. For example only 7% of girls who take STEM GCSE go on to finish a STEM apprenticeship or high education course. Britain has the smallest number of female engineers in Europe, at under 10%. Only 46% of black engineering graduates are in full time jobs within 6 months of leaving university, compared to 71% of white engineering graduates.

We need to take action at every level: improving careers advice in primary and secondary schools, increasing diversity in apprenticeships, ensuring universities do more to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds and making sure employers improve diversity through their recruitment processes and by promoting flexible working.

You can read more about the Young Fabians here. 

[16/10/2018 | No comment]

On Tuesday 16th October I was delighted to join staff from Leicester West business Pepsico in Parliament where they were one of six companies to win a Business Innovation Award from the Institute of Physics. I am very proud of the team at PepsiCo, who were the first food business to win the award in the prize’s history.

I would like to congratulate every member of the PepsiCo team. I look forward to hearing more about their innovative developments in the future! You can read more about the awards here.

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