Happy to be back home in the constituency following the prorogation of Parliament.
The prorogation of Parliament marks the end of the Parliamentary session, ordinarily around a year, and is the term given to the period between the end of a session of Parliament and the State Opening of Parliament, which begins the next session.
In this Parliamentary session, the Government has pass 43 Government Bills, 24 Private Members Bills and over 1,000 Statutory Instruments. The next period will begin on 7 November with the State Opening of Parliament.
In Westminster this week, the focus rightly continues to be on the situation in the Middle East. It is welcome that we are increasing humanitarian aid and that extensive diplomatic efforts are underway to ensure humanitarian support reaches those who need it. It is vital that the international community works together to help civilians, and the UK is working via all diplomatic channels to ensure that this conflict can be brought to a halt. The UK has made it clear to the Israeli Government that efforts to deter further incursions must be done in line with international humanitarian law, with every effort taken to protect civilians. I am monitoring this very closely, as are my colleagues in Government.
In the patch, the casework arriving in my Constituency Office this week has been on issues such as social housing, planning, schools and education, courts and tribunals, drainage, Leeds City Council and Leeds Bradford Airport.
As ever, if you need any assistance or if you have any concerns you wish to raise with me, please do not hesitate to get in touch.