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A Typical Day (or not)

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Meg is often asked “what is a typical day when you’re down in Parliament”; she replies “that there isn’t one!” But hopefully the following will help to explain the wide range of activities she can get up to. .


8.30am Leave flat and cycle to my office on the Parliamentary estate.


8.45am Time to deal with e-mails and correspondence. I get about 40-to-50 e-mails a day (not including Spam). I'm in touch with my office in Sheffield throughout the day to discuss various items such as correspondence or diary appointments.


10.00am Meet with Mike Firth from Activ8 - a local magazine for the Sheffield 8 district. He's doing a feature on my work and wants to interview me in Westminster. After this its back to the office and paperwork.


11.30am Questions to Transport Ministers in the Commons Chamber. Every Parliamentary day starts with an hour of questions to different Government departments. MPs submit questions and 20 are drawn out to be asked. Those MPs ask their questions but other MPs can ask supplementary questions on the same issue.


12.30pm Meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party Women’s Committee which I chair. (Being sure to take a sandwich for lunch.)


2pm All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise - MPs and Lords from all parties meet to discuss promoting social enterprise. Then back to the office and the paper/e-mails.


3.30pm attend a debate in Westminster Hall (a second debating chamber) with Margaret Hodge MP, Minister for Children in my role as her Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS).


4pm Attend briefing on a Private Members’ Bill to require children to wear cycle helmets. Maybe grab a coffee with a fellow MP after.


5pm Meeting of Yorkshire Group of Labour MPs - we meet every two weeks to discuss issues affecting our region


6pm Meet with backbenchers with an interest in matters affecting children with Margaret Hodge MP to brief them on current issues in Parliament including the new Children’s Bill


7pm Vote in the chamber - each vote takes about 15 minutes and there might be two or three.


7.30pm Attend reception to promote Parkinson’s Awareness Week - each week I receive some 30 - 40 invitations to attend events but I only attend a few of them.


8pm Head back to my flat calling at the local Chinese take away




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