Last Wednesday I co-hosted a 'Policy Lab' with King's College Policy Institute on Industrial Strategy. The Policy Lab brought together a range of leading individuals in the fields of industry, academia and policy. The Policy Institute aims to form a link between academics and policy-makers, ensuring that the formulation of government policy is supported by an evidence base and can ultimately achieve its aims.
I have taken a deep interest in the Government's Industrial Strategy, having first spoken of the need for such an approach last year during the Queen's Speech debate. Through my membership of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, I have also heard evidence from a wide range of stakeholders on how the policy should be shaped. The findings from the Policy Lab will be fed into the Government's consultation and I look forward to continuing to work with industry representatives to ensure that the strategy provides the necessary framework for our economy to grow.
In the afternoon, I returned to Westminster to vote and it was at this point that the day took such a horrific turn. The events shocked Parliament and the country, but the sense of solidarity both on the day and since shows how deep our reserves and capacity are of strength through unity. It serves as a reminder of the incredible courage and bravery shown by our emergency services. I particularly pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer, tragically killed while on duty, but also my deepest sympathy is with the family and friends of those that lost their lives on that terrible day.
The House sat again at 9.30am the following morning.
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