Having spent many weeks training, fundraising and watching the date draw nearer, the Great South Run is now upon us. I am running the 10 mile course around Portsmouth to raise money for Beat – the UK’s eating disorder charity which is available to provide help and support for the 750,000 people who suffer from eating disorders in the UK.
As many will know, I have spent a great deal of time in recent months building on the work I had undertaken in the last Parliament on the issue of body image within the fashion industry. This has given me an insight into to what some believe are a few of the reasons people – particularly young women – develop eating disorders. I will be chairing an inquiry into the health of models within the industry on 1st December and hope to hear evidence from a variety of sources ranging from models, agents and designers to academics and medics to enable the inquiry to write a substantive report on what is seen by many to be a huge issue affecting both models and the wider-public.
I am also delighted to be a patron of next year’s Romsey Passion, an Easter play with a difference. For those who may not have experienced a Passion Play before, it is an immersive experience in which the audience get the chance to watch the story of Easter play out in front of them, in the streets of Romsey. At a time when the number of people regularly attending church has plummeted and many do not see the relevance of religion, the Romsey Passion will allow local people to reconnect with the Easter story.
The team behind the Passion will be holding open auditions in November and hope to find a number of local people to fill the roles. I am very much looking forward to watching this unique event next year and I hope many constituents will also take part.
October 13th 2015
Watch Caroline speak in Parliament on the issue of Rural Broadband.
October 13th 2015
I have always tried to use my weekly Letter from Westminster as an opportunity to inform constituents about what I have been doing, both in Westminster and in Romsey and Southampton North. For many, who do not look to social media and the internet for a source of news, this letter is one of the means I have to communicate the work I am doing on behalf of the people I represent.
As the Conference Season draws to a close it is worth reflecting that just because Parliament has not been sitting for these past three weeks, does not mean work was somehow suspended for me.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to visit a number of local educational establishments, embracing the whole age range from pre-school to FE Colleges, and at the end of this week am off to the University, so I will have done the full set!
I have tried over the last five years to maintain close contact with all the FE Colleges serving the Romsey and Southampton North constituency. It is of course correct to point out there is no state 16+ provision within the constituency, but we are fortunate to be served by some of the best Sixth Form provision in the entire country just beyond the constituency boundary.
This week I was at Richard Taunton College, talking about precisely the issues I have consistently raised in Parliament. At the start of September there was a useful seminar which I attended on teacher supply. I was pleased to see a number of local teachers there, and be able to listen to their concerns. People might not know that I grew up the daughter of two teachers, and their views were drummed into me over many years. Alongside Ian Mearns, my Labour colleague on the Education Select Committee, I have been pressing the committee to launch an inquiry on teacher supply, which I certainly recognise is a massive problem and one the Government needs to find innovative and effective ways to tackle.