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Catch-up with Fellowship Visits this May!

May was another busy month for parliamentarians engaged on Fellowship programmes with the IPT. A number of members commenced the first visit of their respective programmes. Highlights included Valerie Vaz MP completing her own Associate Fellowship and another two parliamentarians signing up to the Fellowship scheme. Read on to find out more:

On Friday 13 May, Marcus Fysh MP visited Thales’ operations at Templecombe, looking at the underwater and maritime side of the company.

Marcus Fysh MP with Phil Jones Managing Director of the Maritime Mission Systems business, Thales UK and Site Director for the Templecombe facility

During the visit, Marcus was given a tour of the facilities by Phil Jones, MD Maritime Mission System, as well as an overview of the Templecombe site functions and their role in the wider work of Thales in the UK. The visit also allowed Marcus to understand more about the current challenges facing the maritime industry, from territorial disputes to sea-robbery and piracy. Marcus will also be visiting Crawley to look at their defence operations later in the year.

Click here to find out more about Marcus’s visit to Thales.

On Tuesday 17 May Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, began his Fellowship with a visit to BBC to gain a deeper understanding of employment issues surrounding the broadcaster.

Nick met with Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, BBC’s Director of HR, where Valerie outlined the employment practices at the broadcaster including how the organisation finds and trains diverse entry-level talent as well as how the BBC is becoming a simpler and leaner organisation. Nick also met with Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1 & 1Xtra, who explained how the BBC is transforming it’s offering for younger audiences with distinctive programming and services.

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP in BBC's Radio 1 studio

Commenting on his first visit Nick stated, “I had an excellent time with the BBC today and I would like to thank the staff involved for showing me such a diverse range of issues and making today such a success. This has got my Fellowship off to an excellent start.”

Find out more about Nick's visit here.

On Friday 20 May, Valerie Vaz MP visted the Wallows Lane Branch of Morrison’s in Walsall, as she completes her Associate Fellowship looking at business decision making in the current climate.

Valerie Vaz MP at WM Morrisons

She was accompanied on the visit by David Scott, Head of Corporate Services, for Morrison’s Supermarket PLC. As well as receiving a store tour with the Store Manager, her visit included an opportunity for her to speak about the pressures on the business and how it responds to government legislation such as the implementation of the living wage, issues around suppliers and prices and the process around responding to customer demand.

Also on Friday 27th May, Daniel Dalton MEP carried out his first Fellowship visit to Caterpillar and their Stafford site, to learn more about diesel engines. Daniel, who is the Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has begun a Fellowship looking at manufacturing, with an emphasis on companies based in the West Midlands.

Daniel was provided with a tour of the facility, which manufactures diesel and gas engines under the Perkins brand. He was also shown how the site has expanded in recent years and the contribution that Caterpillar is making to the wider economy of the West Midlands.

Daniel Dalton MEP observing the testing of Perkins engines.

After the visit Daniel stated, “I have had a wonderful time with Caterpillar today and found the visit really insightful. This was my first Fellowship visit with the IPT and I am looking forward to many more successful visits facilitated by them.”

Find out more about Daniel's visit to Caterpillar here.

Other Visits in Brief:

  • On 7 May, Ian Lucas MP visited The Halle Orchestra in Manchester as part of his Postgraduate Fellowship in conjunction with the Arts Council.
  • On the 18 May, Pauline Latham MP, after completing 3 days with the Royal Opera House including a behind the scenes look at the production of Frankenstein.
  • On 27 May, Ruth Cadbury MP visited Heathrow with NATS as part of two scheduled visits to learn more about UK airspace.

Additionally, we are delighted to announce two new parliamentarians embarking on a new Fellowship programme. Callum Kerr MP is embarking upon a Digital Fellowship to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits which the digital economy brings to the UK. Chris Law MP begins a Fellowship focusing on a variety of sectors including food and drink, energy, creative industries and media.

Both members are currently seeking hosts. If you would be interested in hosting either Callum or Chris or for more information about Fellowships, please do get in touch with Liz Dawson:


Liz Dawson

Parliamentary Affairs Manager

0207 839 9405

ElizabethDawson@ipt.org.uk