In my capacity as the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism I have recently placed a temporary Export Bar blocking a William IV mahogany table from leaving the country following an application to export it after it was bought at auction in December 2017 at Christie’s.
The independent body which monitors MP’s expenses (IPSA) releases the annual summary of expense accounts of each Member of Parliament on an annual basis. Soon afterwards I give an update on my own overall figures in an edition of my fortnightly E-Newsletter.
It was a very early start on Monday, 16th July 2018. I met officials at London’s famous Tower Bridge at 5.00am in order to have the honour and pleasure of operating the controls to raise Tower Bridge to let a large cruise ship through.
As part of Great British High Street week I visited several retail stores in Northampton. I went to Weston Favell Shopping Centre and St Giles’s Street to meet shopkeepers and show my support for British retail.
In the last fortnight I had the pleasure of meeting Andria Zafirakou at Alperton Community secondary school in Brent, north London. I went to visit Andria because she recently won an award as the ‘world’s best teacher’.
I recently attended a libraries roundtable meeting with numerous key stakeholders in the libraries sector including the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the CEO of the British Library and the co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries, as w