On Friday, 7th September I travelled to Newcastle/Gateshead for the closing ceremony of the Great Exhibition of the North – a summer-long celebration of what the North of England has to offer in terms of tourism, art and culture in general.
On Friday 31st August, I visited the National Citizen Service (NCS), a hugely successful and popular scheme which helps 16 and 17-year-olds make new friends, improve their confidence and acquire important life skills.
The Northampton Eleanor Cross is an extremely important piece of British history, constructed over 700 years ago in the year 1291, to mark one of the twelve stopping points of the funeral cortege of Queen Eleanor of Castile, wife of King Edward I.
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.