Blog Type, Fellowship Blog | January 2017

January Fellowship Blog

The IPT welcomed 2017 with a busy start as number of parliamentarians took part in Fellowship visits after the Christmas Recess.  Highlights included David Mackintosh MP spending further time with BAE Systems, Carol Monaghan MP visiting the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Julie Elliott MP going to the BBC and Lord Watts to BASF. Read on to find out more:

On Thursday 5 January David Mackintosh, MP for Northampton South, visited BAE Systems at their Radway Green site near Chester to learn more about munitions and to see their new state of the art Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) facility. The Radway Green site is part of a £206 million investment to create a Centre of Excellence for SAA in the UK. On arrival, David met a small delegation which included Phil Simon, Light Munitions Director at BAE Systems, and received an overview of the light munitions industry. He was then given a full site tour.

David Mackintosh MP said:

“It was a pleasure to visit BAE Systems for the second time and see another example of their world class manufacturing facilities. Both my visits to Telford and Radway Green have been extremely informative and I look forward to visiting other sites across the UK in the near future.”

Find out more about David’s visit here.

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, undertook two separate visits to the NPL on Thursday 12 January and Friday 20 January respectively to learn more about the science-based training and educational opportunities that are provided by NPL.

Carol was taken on a tour of NPL’s impressive range of laboratories. Before becoming an MP Carol was a science teacher and graduated from University of Strathclyde with a BSc in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics. Carol was introduced to a number of NPL apprentices, and talked to them about the vital STEM skills development they are receiving through their apprenticeship at NPL. She also had the opportunity to visit NPL’s Hub in Scotland, based in the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde where she learnt more about their strategic partnership.

Carol Monaghan said:

“It was brilliant to see at first-hand and learn about how the investment and support provided by the strategic partnership is not only helping to boost Glasgow’s economy but will further cement Strathclyde’s place as a world leader in research.”

Find out more about Carol’s visit to to NPL at Teddington here and her visit to NPL at Glasgow here.

Also on Thursday 12 January, Julie Elliott, MP for Sunderland Central and member of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, visited BBC Broadcasting House. Her visit focused on the commissioning and production of programmes at the BBC and involved meetings with Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning, and Mark Linsey, Director BBC Studios. Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes Radio 1 & 1Xtra also explained to Julie how the network has digitally transformed to reach younger audiences in the UK.

Julie Elliott MP said:

“It was interesting to see first-hand how the BBC Newsroom operates and I now have a much greater understanding of how both radio and TV programmes are commissioned and produced at the BBC which is vital to my committee work.”

Find out more about Julie's visit here.

On Friday 27 January, Lord Watts commenced his Fellowship programme with a visit to the BASF Pest Control site in Cheshire. His Fellowship programme focuses on the implications of Brexit on UK industry, particularly looking at how Brexit will affect UK exports.

Lord Watts was given a tour of the site which is a Centre of Excellence for Pest Control .The Widnes site was reopened in 2009 and brought together technical resources, products and skills from BASF and Sorex. Lord Watts met with the site manager Mark Downing, BASF Director, Dr Geoff Mackey and a number of employees to discuss the business and the challenges facing their customers and stakeholders.

Lord Watts said:

‘I am grateful for the opportunity the IPT has given me, in particular looking at exports within the manufacturing sector. I would also like to thank BASF for the understanding and insight into their business and I look forward to further visits with the IPT in the near future.”

Find out more Lord Watts' visit here.

Other visits of note this month:

·    Baroness Wheeler visited both Macmillan and Marie Curie on Tuesday 10 January and Tuesday 17 January respectively, focusing on the palliative care sector. At Macmillan Baroness Wheeler gained insight into the Specialist Care at Home model and the End of Life Care Coalition.  Her visit to Marie Curie focused on a cancer specific outlook and terminal illness.

On the 12 January Jeremy Leffroy MP met with Honda examining the ramifications of Brexit, as well as looking at supply chains and the labour market.

On Monday 16 January, Lord Livermore undertook his first Fellowship visit to Nestlé’s Gatwick office examining the topic of Brexit and what it means to the business.

On Thursday 19 January, John Howell MP visited Reed Smith where the visit focused on real estate and planning law. He also examined the topic of online dispute resolution and had the opportunity to meet with apprentices in their Innovation Hub near Liverpool Street.

On Monday 23 January Craig Williams MP visited Barclays examining retail and personal banking.

The total number of parliamentarians on the Fellowship Scheme now stands at 79, with the recent additions of Richard Bacon MP, Yvonne Fovargue MP and Royston Smith MP to the scheme.  To see the full list, please click here. 

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Words by Alex Reeves, Parliamentary Officer.

If you would be interested in hosting any of our parliamentarians as part of their Fellowship, please get in touch with Liz Dawson, Parliamentary Affairs Manager at ElizabethDawson@ipt.org.uk or call 020 7839 9405.