View from the House: Wera Hob­house MP

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Oc­to­ber was a very busy month with many press­ing is­sues in Bath and in Par­lia­ment. I launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing for a school to open on the Cul­ver­hay site af­ter plans to shut the Bath Stu­dio School were an­nounced. There is a clear short­age of sec­ondary school places in the south of Bath. It is deeply un­fair that par­ents will now face an even more sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge in get­ting their chil­dren into lo­cal schools. BANES coun­cil an­nounced the lon­gawaited Clean Air Zone pro­posal. While I sup­port a Clean Air Zone, the Tory-led scheme cre­ates some se­ri­ous chal­lenges. We need an in­te­grated, holis­tic trans­port net­work with vi­able al­ter­na­tives, and I would like to see the Clean Air Zone play a role in this vi­sion. Put sim­ply, there’s too much stick, and not enough car­rot. The coun­cil’s con­sul­ta­tion runs un­til 26th Novem­ber; be sure to share your con­cerns on the plan that will af­fect all of us. I spoke at a West­min­ster Hall De­bate on the sub­ject of eat­ing dis­or­ders and what we can do to re­duce the stigma around this is­sue. It’s been a priv­i­lege high­light­ing the ex­cel­lent work of, and join­ing forces, with ded­i­cated cam­paign­ers like Hope Virgo. I launched an Early Day Mo­tion in an at­tempt to pro­vide ear­lier in­ter­ven­tion, bring a fo­cus to men­tal health and in­tro­duce manda­tory wait­ing times for adults as well as chil­dren, aim­ing to keep the sub­ject front and cen­tre in West­min­ster. I joined Bath Col­lege’s chair of gov­er­nors, Ca­role Stott MBE, at the House of Com­mons to ex­plain the ur­gent need for more in­vest­ment in fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion. Work­ing cross party, I am call­ing on the Chan­cel­lor for in­creased fund­ing for this cru­cial part of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Bath Col­lege demon­strates that young peo­ple don’t have to go to univer­sity to ad­vance in their lives. Bath’s busi­nesses need young peo­ple who are work-ready, with spe­cific skills. Bath Col­lege pro­vides this and are do­ing an ex­cel­lent job in spite of the gov­ern­ment’s hor­rific cuts. My team in Bath have closed over 6,000 cases since my elec­tion to of­fice in June 2017, an av­er­age of 19 per work­ing day. Case­work is one of the most re­ward­ing parts of my job. It’s so im­por­tant for me to un­der­stand the chal­lenges Bath res­i­dents face and see the im­pact of this gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies. A big thanks to my hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated team, with­out whom my job of help­ing con­stituents would be im­pos­si­ble. If you think we might be able to help you, please do get in touch! The Peo­ple’s Vote March was an ab­so­lute tri­umph. 700,000 peo­ple flooded the streets of the cap­i­tal to have their voices heard in this peace­ful protest and to de­mand a fi­nal say on any Brexit deal. It was the sec­ond largest march in mod­ern Bri­tish his­tory. Nine coaches came from Bath. The will of the peo­ple is clear. A Peo­ple’s Vote is the only op­tion. We must ex­pose the Brexit lie, and make sure that lies will not pre­vail in a true democ­racy.

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