The Remembrance Sunday events in Romsey were very moving over last weekend, and I thought particularly well attended. The Poppy Cannon in the Abbey never fails to leave a lasting impression as the petals flutter down. I know a great deal of work goes into marketing sure everything goes of seamlessly and I would like to thank all those whose hard work make it possible.
This week I have had a number of constituents in Westminster for events, two up for PMQs on Wednesday, some in for the meeting of the APPG on British Sikhs on Tuesday and a visit from my nominated "MP Hero" female entrepreneur Sarah Nelson, who established the River Test Distillery.
This coming Saturday is National Women's Entrepreneurship Day, a great opportunity to celebrate all the fantastic female led businesses in the area. Sarah is a great example of an entrepreneur who has had a great idea, brought it to fruition and has been really successful. But the stark truth is female business founders find it harder to get investment than their male contemporaries. If women were starting and scaling businesses at the same rate as men it would add a staggering £250bn to the economy. Put simply investors cannot afford to ignore their talents.