Visiting the Community During Recess
Each summer Parliament is suspended for a few weeks, known as the summer recess. However, that doesn't mean that I take a break from being your MP. Instead I've been getting out into the constituency and visiting people, businesses and charities in the community. Here are just some of the things that I have been up to during recess.Small Business Recovery
It was good to get out and about in Luton South's bustling Bury Park shopping district
with some of the local councillors. I met with a number of independent business owners to hear how they are recovering and was also pleased to find out how more people were shopping locally in response to the pandemic.Cultural WalkaboutI also joined Luton Council's cultural coordinator
for a meeting with some of Luton's 'Creative Leaders' to discuss arts and culture in Luton. After a particularly tough time for the sector, I heard about how they planned to ensure art and culture are at the very heart of our town's future.Luton Airport
I met with Alberto Martin, Chief Executive of Luton Airport
, to talk about how the airport, and all the associated jobs, were recovering from the pandemic. I was happy to see business picking up again and staff returning to work. However, the aviation sector has been affected by the crisis more than most industries. The Government should recognise that and provide targeted support to support jobs until the sector is running at full capacity again.Active LutonI dropped by the Energise Luton camp at Inspire
. The camp sees schools and community organisations working in partnership with Active Luton to bring together children from across Luton. The programme is packed full of fun sport and games to keep them fit and engaged, and a healthy lunch is provided for all those that attend. It was great to see different organisations working in partnership for the benefit of the town's children.