Parliament shut down last week, with MPs mostly heading back to their constituencies. I meanwhile headed off on a ten day foreign office trip to South East Asia. It’s more difficult to travel as a foreign office minister these days as we only have a slim majority and it’s important to be on the ground to get our legislation through.
This month the Prime Minister set out his ambition to end the gender pay gap within a generation. He believes like the rest of his party that there should be equal opportunities for men and women in all aspects of their lives. There are now more women leading businesses than ever before, the gender pay gap is at an all-time low, and women now make up at least 25 per cent of all FTSE 100 company boards – but there is more to do.
The world feels like a dangerous place all of a sudden. Greece first. We have continued to urge our euro area colleagues to act swiftly and responsibly to resolve current uncertainty and ensure economic and financial stability but given the present situation of a default and a potential exit from the euro, we have to be prepared for an impact on the stability of our own financial systems.
East Devon MP Hugo Swire has publicly called on East Devon District Council to make the completion of its Local Plan an ‘absolute priority’ and, in the meantime, ensure that inappropriate planning applications are thrown out.
East Devon MP Hugo Swire met with Saad Hammad, Chief Executive of Flybe, and Declan Collier, the Chief Executive of London City Airport, at a House of Commons business breakfast on the importance of regional connectivity to the UK economy.