Also in Westminster.....
Supporting Macmillan's Parliamentary Coffee Morning
The excellent Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning came to the House of Commons in October and I was delighted to meet Emsworth resident Kate Corney (pictured), who was at the event.
Kate was able to share her own experience of fighting cancer and the support she was given by the NHS and Macmillan.
The coffee morning has raised more than £138 million for Macmillan since its launch in 1990 and I know that the event is also exceptionally popular in Havant.
Founding new Fourth Industrial Revolution group
One of the biggest challenges facing the global economy in the coming years will be the rise of new technologies that will change the employment landscape.
What is now being dubbed as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is defined by hyper-connectivity, mass-automation and artificial intelligence.
Last month, I founded the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the 4IR which will aim to keep the profile of these emerging industries on the Government radar. I will also serve as the APPG's first Chairman.
The APPG will be hosting a number of events throughout the year with the first being a panel event taking place on 22 November featuring Business Minister Nick Hurd.
New Chairman of Apprenticeships APPG
It was a great privilege to be elected as the Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships.
It follows my strong record of support for apprenticeships as a way of giving young people the skills to succeed in industry. This includes locally hosting the first ever Havant Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair this year, with another one planned for 2017.
The APPG on Apprenticeships is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers which provides a forum for parliamentarians and employers to discuss how to promote the role of high quality apprenticeships.