THIS week both the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - 2nd reading and the Finance Bill are being debated in the House of Commons.

The former is a Bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and make other arrangement in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, writes Redditch MP Rachel Maclean in her new Letter From Westminster.

Brexit is an issue that divides opinion, not surprising because it is such a significant step for our nation.

This Repeal Bill is important because it delivers what the British people voted for – control over our own laws.

Because without this Bill the country’s statute book simply would not work after Brexit – causing chaos for business, consumers and investors.

By converting EU law into UK law, wherever practical, at the point we leave, the Repeal Bill offers legal continuity.

My priority is getting Brexit right for everyone in Redditch, whether you voted to leave or to stay.

That’s why I will be backing this Bill and why I will be scrutinising it carefully at the later stages of its passage to ensure it does just this.

Each year the Chancellor of the Exchequer presents the Budget, which contains all the tax measures for the year ahead.

The statutory provisions to give effect to these tax measures are set out in a single Bill: the annual Finance Bill, and that is also on the agenda this week.

In relation to the later we had been promised a very late (possibly all-night) sitting on Tuesday, although I was comforted by being told that the business of the day had to be concluded by 11am the following morning!

I never thought I would need my nightwear for this job, but it would appear that may be the case on some occasions!

In the constituency I enjoyed a busy day last Friday.

My day started with the first of a number of promised regular Worcestershire MP catch-up meetings with the chair and chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust at the Worcestershire Royal.

We heard of actions and progress following the recent CQC (Care Quality Commission) reports and plans for the delivery of improvements when the £29million capital funding comes on tap.

I can assure you that as and when the good news is available, I will be spreading it, although it will clearly be some time before tangible benefits will be seen.

Do visit my website at for details on how to contact me and for particulars of what I have been up to.