August and September Fellowships Roundup | IPT

Recess, the continuing Brexit situation, and talks of an early election means it can be difficult to command time in the diaries of busy parliamentarians. Some of these issues also affect businesses who will spending time on preparations for a variety of outcomes.

Despite this, through August and September we were able to organise a handful of visits, giving parliamentarians the chance to learn and understand more about current business trends and issues.

The Course to Carbon Neutrality

A group of cross-party delegates made their way to Drax in Selby to hear, and indeed see, their recent work on Carbon Capture and Storage.

Drax is working on a project with C-Capture, a commercial spin-out from Leeds University. They have implemented technology that captures carbon emissions from Drax’s energy-making process. The carbon can then be used for other purposes such as in carbonated drinks.

Visits like these inform parliamentarians of the technology being available and being used by business to combat their carbon emissions.

Read more about the Drax visit here.

From the House of Lords to the Catwalk

Baroness Meyer, who was made a Conservative life peer in 2018, is doing an IPT Fellowship where she is learning more about hospitality, fashion and A.I.

In September she visited British Fashion Council (BFC) and met with Caroline Rush, their Chief Executive, to discuss the talent and skills initiatives in the fashion sector. They spoke about the BFC’s work into education and their aims to broaden the pathways into fashion.

During the visit to the BFC, she discussed the challenges and opportunities that might arise from Brexit on the fashion industry. This included the implications on trade, movement of people, intellectual property, and funding.

Baroness Meyer’s background in diplomacy and public relations means she is interested in how the United Kingdom is perceived globally, and this visit helped her understand more about the UK fashion brand.

Behind the Screens

Screen Yorkshire is a public-private investment hub for the TV, film, video games, and digital sectors for the local region. They welcomed Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, to come and learn more about their work.

On the visit Rachael went to see the set of historical drama, Victoria. At the set Rachael learnt about the skills and jobs the industry brings to area, specifically in set craft and design.

Racheal’s Fellowship is looking specifically at the digital and creative sector in Yorkshire and Humber region. This visit allowed her to learn about the successes of Screen Yorkshire, and how they might be replicated to materialise economic growth throughout the region.

Other visits in August and September

  • Baroness Bloomfield visited the National Nuclear Laboratory and Harwell Campus
  • Rhiannon Hollis (Parliamentary Official) met with John Lewis
  • Yvonne Fovargue visited AB Food’s Patak’s site