Comment: Jobs Fair success is good news for youngsters

Iain Stewart MP
Iain Stewart MP

One of my top priorities as your MP has been to help young people to get started in their careers.

As many readers may have heard, last week I hosted a Jobs Fair at the Buszy in Central Milton Keynes along with my colleague Mark Lancaster.

The ambition was to get employers and training organisations with jobs and apprenticeships on offer in the same room as young people looking for work.

Over 30 organisations were on site for the fair and many hundreds of young people came along to see the jobs on offer. We are very fortunate in Milton Keynes to have thriving economy and excellent businesses, but there are still many young people looking for work. Thus, it was very satisfying to hear that several businesses booked people in for job interviews during the course of the day.

I was brought up to believe in civic duty and giving something back to the community. Organising this event has encapsulated what being a constituency MP is all about, helping make positive changes to the community.

I’d like to take the time to thank all of the businesses which made the day so successful and Heart Radio and Homeretail Group for their support advertising the event.

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, I was invited to attend an event at Stantonbury Campus Theatre. The performances were organised by Cate Hibbert who is the director of Voices of the Holocaust, an organisation which teaches about the Holocaust through drama and theatre.

The performances were very moving and I can see the power that these types of performances can have in educating people about prejudice and intolerance.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an important day, not just to remember the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps of the Second World War, but for all of us to make a commitment to fighting prejudice and intolerance.

I am always very proud of how well the different community and faith groups interact in Milton Keynes, but there is one particular group I would like to mention.

The Hazara community has suffered terrible persecution in the Quetta region of Pakistan. On January 10, three bombs killed nearly 100 people and injured another 200 in the community.

These attacks are carried out for no reason other than prejudice and intolerance. We have a strong Hazara community locally and many will be worrying about relatives in Pakistan. It is important we do not allow the genocides of the past to be repeated.

In light of this I took part in a debate in the House of Commons on February 4 raising the plight of Hazaras and calling on the Government to do all it can to put pressure on the Pakistani authorities to protect these people.

One final item I am keen to highlight is the Inquiry the Transport Committee will be commencing in March looking at disabled people’s access to transport.

I often receive when I meet organisations representing disabled people. I would be interested in receiving the experiences of disabled people locally to assist me during the Inquiry. I am particularly interested to know what works well, what works less well, and what areas should be considered for investigation.

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