Weekly round up: The week in Westminster

This week Andrea voted for the EU (notification of withdrawal) Bill to pass its third reading. Andrea was incredibly proud of her Conservative Party colleagues who all, bar one, voted to do the same. It is essential the Bill passes through the Lords without amendment, as happened in the Commons, so that the mandate given to the Government to take us out of the EU is not limited. The result of the referendum on the 23rd of June was clear, and Andrea is delighted that Parliament is listening.

In Brexit select committee this week Andrea and her colleagues were able to call on witnesses from the Law Society of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and Dundee and Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s place in Europe. The session focussed on Scotland’s objectives following the EU referendum and how best to move forward as a United Kingdom.

In another select committee this week, Health, Andrea and her colleagues discussed childhood obesity. Andrea was able to question witnesses from Coca Cola, the Advertising Standards Agency, the British Retail Consortium and Nicola Blackwood, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for public health and innovation, among others. Andrea asked about what can be done to reduce the appeal of unhealthy food, to help generate a healthier younger generation.

Also on the topic of health policy this week, Andrea was able to raise the case of an incredibly brave constituent of hers who suffers from a rare kidney disease, and ask what the Government is doing to improve access to drugs for ultra-rare conditions. Andrea will continue working alongside the constituent and the family to try and improve the situation.