Careers Progression

As many MP’s think about how they can progress their own careers in Westminster life goes on in the constituency. Yesterday, was the usual day of casework, admin. and meetings.

In the morning I attended the Careers Progression Day at Holy Cross College. They had a whole host of speakers and representatives from different organisations and companies to help give information to the students about their future career. I was delighted to be able to give a group of he students information about a career in politics which as I explained is much wider than just being an elected representative. There are a wide variety of other roles in policy development, research and in communications which offer interesting careers.

Thank you to the students who attended and I hope they found it useful.

16-19 education

There is what the tabloids sometimes rather sensationally refer to as a shake-up underway in the post-16 education system. Actually there are reviews taking place to be carried out in phases across the Country of what provision is in place for providing education and training opportunities to the 16 – 19 age group.

On Friday I went to visit Holy Cross College in Bury and was able to discuss the review with their principal David Frost. As readers may know Holy Cross is classed as a Sixth Form College and I joined the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sixth Form Colleges in Westminster so I can try to keep abreast of all the issues which arise and affect institutions like Holy Cross.

Locally there are consultations proceeding about a tie up between Bury College and Bolton University but Holy Cross is very likely to remain with its present structure. Holy Cross already has a great reputation locally for giving people the opportunity to study for University degrees.

I also met some of the Holy Cross politics students during my visit and took part in a question and answer session.

College, Fire, Police

The House of Commons may have risen for th Christmas recess but work in the Constituency continues.

Today I have had a meeting with the Principal of Holy Cross College in Bury to discuss the progress the College is making. Then a meeting with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was followed by a surgery.

This evening Susan and I attended the annual carol concert organised by the police at Bury Parish Church.