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Rachel writes about gender equality for Politics Home

I recently moved house and purchased a set of keepsake boxes for my children’s baby mementoes: the all-important first tooth, the first lock of hair. I’ve treasured them ever since my daughter was born 24 years ago, followed quickly by three sons.

My Westminster Diary - 23 February 2018

I returned to Parliament from the February recess on Tuesday refreshed and raring to go. Of course during the recess itself I had held various meetings and visits in the constituency.

My Westminster Diary - 14 February 2018

On Friday I, along with Redditch Borough Council leader Bill Hartnett, met with the CEO at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Michelle McKay, Trust chairman Caragh Merrick and Simon Trickett, chief officer of NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, the local commissioning group. 

My Westminster Diary - 9 February 2018

Helping parents with the cost of childcare is one of the best ways to help people into work, support families with the cost of living and ensure every child has the chance of a high-quality early education. 

My Westminster Diary - 31 January 2018

Last Friday (26 January), I enjoyed two extremely interesting visits to schools in Redditch. First, I was taken around Birchensale Middle School by headteacher Tim Jones and head pupils Seb Fyield and Cristina Ricci, both from Year 8.

My Westminster Diary - 17 January 2018

When I heard the news this week construction giant Carillion had gone into liquidation, my first thought was to get in touch with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Redditch Borough Council, because I know this huge organisation is involved with many public-sector contracts.

My Westminster Diary - 12 January 2018

After the whirlwind that has been the first six months as your Member of Parliament, it was indeed lovely to be able to spend time with family and loved ones over the Christmas and New Year period. 

My Westminster Diary - 20 December 2017

This week (Wednesday) I was set to take a further part in the Finance Bill (Committee Stage), while the EU Withdrawal Bill will also be discussed before the Christmas break.