I arrived at Portcullis house to start my day of shadowing MP Ben Howlett, with the first meeting with Renewable UK and the discussion of offshore windfarms.
This was followed by a reception for British historical preservation in the House of Lords, where the critical role preservation plays in society, both economically and socially was championed and presented.
In the evening I attended an excellent discussion at the Royal Society on the topic of inequality: reducing global inequality – how can we achieve a fairer world. This was led by a panel of experts discussing the global issues of inequality and how we as a society should tackle it. The panel consisted of experts from charities through to foundations.
Morning meeting with the Chief Executive for Renewables UK, Hugh McNeal
Royal Society Panel discussion on ‘Inequalities’
My week in Parliament began with a tour of the ancient seat of British power. It was interesting to learn about the various and often complex processes and mechanisms of how the system works and functions. The afternoon session consisted of talks and discussions on how Parliament functions (from the simple day to day tasks, ping-ponging of bill documents between the two houses through to the use of Norman French for when the monarch agrees a bill!) and how different scientific bodies can provide information for policy making. It was interesting to talk to some of these bodies on their individual topics and in particular, the growing importance of machine learning and big data.
As part of the scheme I have been paired with the MP for Bath, Ben Howlett, who I will be shadowing for the duration of my time in Parliament.
It will be interesting to see what a day in politics consists of!