Kate at UA92
Kate at UA92's first ever graduation ceremony.

Apologies that this blog is arriving a few days late. I could blame all the excitement in parliament over the last few days for the delay (it has been hard to keep up), but in fact, staff leave in my constituency office meant there was no one available to send it out. But the extra few days give me the opportunity to mention a couple of brilliant events I attended over the weekend: UA 92’s first ever graduation ceremony, and a wonderful concert performed by the young musicians from Trafford Music Service.

It was so rewarding to see the pride and excitement of the young people at both these events – and their teachers’ and parents’ pride too. Thank you to everyone involved, and congratulations on all you have achieved.

I also want to say a big thank you to Cllr Jo Harding and everyone who made last week’s NHS birthday party in Golden Hill Park such a success. It was great to be able to attend this event again after Covid prevented us doing so for the past two years.

As for events in Westminster, what can I say? Tuesday and Wednesday saw Boris Johnson clinging to power like a limpet, while dozens of his ministers stood down from office themselves, or urged him to resign. Mr Johnson has been a disgrace as a Prime Minister, repeatedly exposed as dishonourable and untruthful. But his pretence that he had not known about the allegations of sexual assault against Christopher Pincher MP before he appointed him deputy chief whip was the final straw, even for Tories who have covered up and propped him up again and again. By Thursday, he had stood down as leader of the Conservative party, but unbelievably, he intends to carry on as Prime Minister until a new leader is elected – this could be some months away.

In the meantime, much normal business stalled because there were no ministers to take it forward. I was due to participate in the Genetic Technologies bill committee, but the Thursday morning session had to be cancelled as the minister had resigned. We desperately need to get this farce over and done with as soon as possible, not least because of real fears that Boris Johnson will continue to break any rules he finds inconvenient until the very last minute. Some of us couldn’t help noticing he left the annual parliamentary prayer breakfast early on Tuesday (at which I was very pleased to welcome Stephen Smith from Greenfield church in Urmston) – missing the prayer for those in government to act with integrity. It is a shameful state of affairs.

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