Steve Takes Part in Parliamentary Fellowship(August 02, 2012)
Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram, has used the parliamentary summer recess to get his hands dirty with a new challenge.
Last week, the former Lord Mayor of Liverpool took part in a parliamentary fellowship which was organised by The Industry and Parliament Trust.
Steve explained, "The IPT gives MPs the opportunity to better understand how big businesses in the UK actually work and also helps to build a rapport between parliament and business. I was fortunate to be invited to the Headquarters of DHL Aviation and meet some of their staff at East Midlands Airport. I also met with staff at the Liverpool depot. DHL have a number of depots across Merseyside.
"Parliamentary fellowships consist of 18 days of placements with one or more host organisations - from multinational corporations and FTSE100 companies to social enterprises and government agencies - over a period of around 18 to 24 months. Programmes are bespoke to each parliamentarian’s learning objectives and are designed to fit around their schedule.
"Liverpool is home to some of the biggest companies in Britain and therefore it is important for me, as someone who represents employees of these companies, to have a full understanding of how businesses are operating in the current economic climate and what I can do as an MP to improve their situation.
"I signed up to take part in this fellowship back in December 2011 and I was looking forward to get started with DHL. The nature of an MPs diary is that at times, you can find yourself fully booked for the next three months. That is why, when parliament is not in session, MPs use the time they have available to get their hands dirty and throw themselves into new things. It was an eye-opener and I am glad that I did it. Will I do another fellowship? Absolutely."
"My time at DHL has given me plenty to think about during the next Business, Innovation and Skills questions when I am back sitting on the green benches."
Some of the other companies involed in the fellowship programme include:
3M; Anglo American; Arts Council; Associated British Ports; BAE Systems; Barclays; BASF; Bombardier; BP Marsh; Brewin Dolphin; CrossCountry Trains; DHL; EA Technology; FSB; Finmeccanica; GKN; GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson and Johnson; Judge Business School; Lloyds Banking Group; Marks & Spencer; Marsh Limited; Nuclear Decomissioning Authority (NDA); Publishers’ Association; Royal Bank of Scotland; Shell UK; Sodexo; South Hook Gas; Statoil; Thales; The Federation of Opthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO); The Standard Life Assurance Company; TNT Post; TCS; Total; Unilever UK; Waitrose; Waste Recycling Group