There were three major stand out issues that have been subject to intense discussions throughout this week. Firstly, was the inescapable matter of the future economic relationship between the UK and the EU. The EU Council President, Donald Tusk, and the European Parliament’s draft resolution served as a staunch rebuttal to Theresa May’s Brexit vision. Secondly, something I have received many emails on from concerned constituents, was the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince to the UK. Once again, arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the conflict in Yemen were both in the lime light. Increased trade with Saudi Arabia, particularly in the context of Brexit, was a hotly contested issue considering their poor human rights track record. Finally, on Thursday, we were able to celebrate International Women’s Day which also coincided with World Kidney Day. As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group, I encouraged Members to join a social media campaign to raise awareness of kidney health particularly in women. Up and down the country kidney groups and charities were holding events to raise money and spread information about chronic kidney disease.
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