With recess on the horizon and parliamentary offices slowly start to wind down business during this this month. The month of July saw many parliamentarians continue visits for their IPT Fellowship Programme, spanning from sectors such as energy, and media to food manufacturing and STEM labs.
The month of July kicked off with a cross-party delegation of parliamentarians to Centrica to learn about the intersections of technology, energy, and innovation for the future. Baroness Neville-Jones, Lord Craig of Radley GCB OBE, Mark Pawsey MP, Lord Skelmersdale and Lord Redesdale all attended the visit. Centrica provided hands on opportunities for parliamentarians to look at the future of the energy sector to help people save money and save energy, and it also looked at how technology is changing for a more efficient future.
Also exploring the energy sector and continuing her Fellowship is Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West. Thangam visited ORE Catapult on Monday 30 July to explore renewable energy especially related to the wind energy sector. This visit also encompassed discussion on energy for the future and the role of offshore renewables.
Another notable visit in the science sector was Eleanor Smith, MP for Wolverhampton South West, who visited Bayer Labs on Wednesday 25 July as part of her Fellowship to learn more about programmes that encourage young people to consider entering STEM careers. The visit provided Eleanor with insights into how Baylab encourage more young people to love science and consider careers in STEM, as well as session on how digital media can support health education in women.
Culture and Creative Sectors
William Wragg, MP for Hazel Grove, continued his IPT Fellowship exploring the creative and music sectors accompanied with Lord German with a visit to the London Symphony Orchestra on Thursday 5 July to learn about music outreach through education and introducing disadvantaged youth to orchestral music. During their Visit, William Wragg and Lord German were able to sit in on a children’s rehearsal for the London Symphony Orchestra. Also continuing the Culture and Creative outlook was Lord Watts who visited the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday 6 July to discuss the affects of Brexit on the industry.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Susan Jones, MP for Clwyd South, had two Fellowship visits this month to Heart of City on Thursday 12 July and Tideway on Thursday 26 July. Susan’s Fellowship focuses on corporate social responsibility, so these visits were a good fit to look at charity and construction sectors and their role with social responsibility. At Heart of City, Susan discussed putting responsible corporate behaviour at the core of business and industry. At Tideway, Susan participated in a litter clean-up and learned about the Thames clean-up and current construction projects.
Alex Sobel, MP for Leeds North West, visited Perform Group in London on Wednesday 18 July to learn about the intersection of media and sports and look at jobs for the future digital age.
Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield, explored the food and drink industry with a visit to Kraft Heinz in Kitt Green, in her constituency on Friday 13 July. Yvonne learned about food manufacturing at Europe’s largest food factory which helped her gain a deeper understanding of opportunities and challenges facing the food and drink industry.