Building a new path for Britain

We have now delivered on the referendum result by leaving the EU on 31 January 2020, and through my membership of the International Trade Select Committee in the last parliament I worked for the freedom to set our own independent global trading policy.

Now it is time to build a new path for Britain as we prepare to leave the transition period in December. 

Investment in our local skills base to get more people into fulfilling work and reduce our dependence on migrant labour.

Working with Havering Sixth Form College, I have achieved campaign breakthroughs to increase per-pupil funding for post-16 education so that we can equip young people with the skills they need to access fulfilling, well-paid job opportunities. More information on my campaign for post-16 education funding and the Chancellor's announcement of the single biggest funding increase for FE and sixth form colleges since 2010 can be found here.

I have collaborated with Havering College and Transport for London over their innovative Railway Academy in Harold Hill to get UK jobseekers retrained to work on big British infrastructure projects. We showcased the Academy to the Transport Secretary after inviting him to visit Havering. 

We hosted our first Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair at Queen's Theatre in 2019, and plan to hold a virtual Apprenticeships Fair this year. The government will be introducing new T Levels from September 2020 to improve technical training in the UK.

A new strategy for our region that links the ports, transport hubs and logistics parks of the Thames Estuary and Eastern London to make the most of new global trading opportunities. 

I successfully lobbied government for a coordinated development plan for the Thames Estuary region covering North Kent, South Essex and East London so that we can maximise the opportunities for residents from economic development, particularly when it comes to jobs, skills, quality of life and revived green spaces.

Government has now announced a new Thames Estuary strategic board and ministerial champion for the region that can drive forward ambitious housing and infrastructure deals, improvements to the strategic road network, a regional industrial and skills strategy and a new Great Thames Park. 

Support to local businesses who have not yet considered exporting or who would like assistance in expanding into new markets.

We held an Export Hub road show event at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, for local businesses looking to export. The event was attended by the Trade Secretary and his team and brought together experts on export finance, local business advisers and banks to give Havering businesses advice on how to expand into growing markets. More information on this event can be found here

New policies on migration 

The government's Immigration Bill will end freedom of movement from the EU and introduce a new points-based immigration system that will welcome skilled workers from across the world to contribute to the United Kingdom’s economy, communities and public services.

Changing our approach to procurement

The government has been bound by complicated and inflexible EU rules in the way it buys goods and services. We plan to introduce a different framework that will open up more opportunities for small and medium sized businesses to deliver public sector contracts. 

 

News

Future International Trade Opportunities

I made the following contribution to a debate tabled by Conservative MP, Craig Tracey, on future trading opportunities for the UK.

Julia Lopez Conservative, Hornchurch and Upminster  4:56 pm, 1st May 2019

Latest on Brexit - why I voted as I did

I sent the following reply to those constituents who emailed me about critical votes in the week beginning 25 March, which included a round of so-called indicative votes on alternative options to the Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement, and a third vote on the Withdrawal Agreement itself. 

Question to PM on Brexit statement

This afternoon, the Prime Minister made a statement to the House advising MPs that we shall have a further meaningful vote on her Withdrawal Agreement by 12 March.

Visiting the Falklands with the Armed Forces

Ensuring the security of citizens is the first duty of any government, and sending our Armed Forces into battle is one of the most serious things that any parliamentarian may be asked by government to support.

My speech on the EU Withdrawal Agreement

In the speech below, my second in the debates on the Prime Minister's EU Withdrawal Agreement, I set out why I am unable to support the deal on the table when the vote takes place on 15 January.

My speech in the Withdrawal Agreement debates

This is the speech that I made in parliament on the second day of the debates on the Withdrawal Agreement. I was not able to get through the final few paragraphs as a four-minute time limit was placed on speakers and I had to cut it down on the hoof. To watch my contribution, click here 

Daily Telegraph - The PM's deal slithers us into an indefinite limbo

‘Let’s get on with it’, concluded the Prime Minister in a recent letter to MPs selling the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. It is a seductive sentiment, and one which government hopes will persuade exasperated voters and equally weary MPs to unite behind the deal in time for a happy Christmas.

Daily Telegraph - Britain's Future Depends on a Better Settlement

Brexit presents a profound and complex challenge for our country and our politics. Yet seeing parliament reduce it at best to a problem to be mitigated, and at worst an existential threat that needs to be blocked, has been frustrating and dispiriting in equal measure.