The new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, was chosen this week by just over 300 Conservative MPs - a diminishing electorate. He announced that his government will be based on honesty and integrity but then immediately re-appointed the same Home Secretary who was forced to resign last week for breaching security rules. This is unacceptable. We need a General Election now.
The Public Accounts Committee published a report on air quality - a huge issue the Government needs to address. Poor air quality contributes to between 28,000-36,000 deaths in the UK every year. It's vital targets on improving air quality are met and that local government is seen as a key partner. See here to read the report in full and see here for a summary.
And I led a debate in the House of Commons on doggy day-care centres in places like Hackney. I recently met with Hairy Hounds, based in Homerton, which provides such a service. But providing these facilities in the inner city can be difficult, especially with the space standards set by the Government. The result is that some dogs are forced into cages and travel hours by car to centres out of the area. See my round-up for further details. The Minister seemed positive and engaged - so watch this space.