This week started with a number of interesting meetings including with which on consumer protections and potential support for our Left Behind Communities APPG; As part of the 1922 committee where the Prime Minister and Chancellor joined us; with the 2019 intake where again the Prime Minister and Chancellor joined us and also a forum with the Department for International Trade to discuss the progress on post Brexit free trade agreements.

On Friday, I was back in the constituency and had meetings with Durham County Council and constituents. Monday saw me back in Westminster where I was able to ask a question of the Secretary of State for Education, in the chamber as well as having discussions around the need for support to the coach industry. Unfortunately a meeting I had at 6pm overran, so I couldn’t join the Middridge Parish Council Zoom call, hopefully I will make the next one. Tuesday saw me in a private meeting of the BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) select committee, in anticipation of the public meetings on Thursday. On Wednesday after Prime Ministers questions I was in the Chamber to support Ian Levy, the MP for Blyth, with his 10 minute rule bill on houses of multiple occupation. This week is unusual in that I will be in Westminster until Friday, normally the House rises on a Thursday. I am hoping to speak in the debates on Tourism and Aviation on Thursday.

Next week however I will be in the constituency all week as I have a slip (permission to be away), this is to allow me to get around a number of schools and promote road safety week. It also means I will be more available than normal next week for anyone wanting to see me.

As usual please contact me via email: or call 01325 790580.

Have a good week, we are seeing some relatively local increases in Covid-19, so please wash your hands regularly; wear a mask where necessary and give people social distance when you can.

Stay safe

Paul Howell, Member of Parliament for Sedgefield.