In the House of Commons on Tuesday morning I raised the issue of Kashmir with the Foreign Secretary and asked him whether the Government will take steps to support self-determination for the people of Kashmir?
I also reminded the Minister that in 1948 the UN Security Council passed resolution 47 instructing the Governments of India and Pakistan to prepare for a plebiscite to determine the future of Kashmir. Almost 70 years have passed, thousands of Kashmiri men, women and children have been slaughtered, atrocities are committed daily, yet there is still no sign of any action to allow these people to vote on this most important issue.
I began the week on a high note with a visit to a training session of Burnley’s Elite Swimming Club, Bob Cats. Bob Cats, established over thirty years ago has a reputation for excellence. The standards are high and several of the squad members have already distinguished themselves in County and National tournaments. I was very impressed by the hard work and commitment of the swimmers who regularly start their day at 5 am with a two hour training session then do a full day at school or college, followed by homework and an evening training session.
As MP every day is different and life is definitely never boring. This week has been no exception: my office has been particularly busy supporting residents with a whole host of issues. My recent surgery still prevents me from driving but that hasn’t stopped me getting out and about across the constituency to help residents with the problems they face.
Of course work to support those affected by the recent floods continues. It is good news that much of the repair work is now underway and compensation payments are coming through to both home owners and businesses but there is still more to do.
I was delighted to attend the Annual Student Awards at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form Centre. It was a real pleasure to celebrate the achievements of a group of talented young people. I applaud the staff and governors who have worked so hard to ensure that these Burnley young people get the very best start in life. The students of course deserve the most recognition because it is their abilities coupled with a lot of hard work and determination that has brought them success. Thomas Whitham’s is proud of them and Burnley should be too.