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After a busy few weeks in Brussels I was back in the North West, and Liverpool in particular, at the weekend.

In September Labour North West Regional Board decided to set up a Brexit working group to establish what Labour’s priorities for the North West in Brexit are. On Friday this working group met to discuss what impact the UK’s exit from the EU will have on the North West and what Labour should be fighting for. It was a really great meeting, with lots of ideas about what a good Brexit led by Labour ideals and values would look like.

Then, on Friday evening, I joined colleagues from Liverpool Labour and community groups across the city at the Liverpool Older People’s Awards. It was a wonderful evening and a fantastic opportunity to recognise the work done by people in our local communities. We heard about the great work done to support vulnerable people in Liverpool with people coming together to fight food poverty, loneliness and isolation and to foster a greater sense of community.

On Saturday morning I put on my thick coat and woolly hat to campaign with friends from Liverpool Riverside Labour on Bold Street in the city centre at their street stall. We were talking to people about the Workplace 2020 campaign about the future of work in the UK, and what a Labour vision for that is. We had some fantastic responses from passers-by – and a lot of people wanted to talk about the state of the economy, zero hour contracts, low paid jobs, and insecure work. All real problems that are affecting people right across the UK that Theresa May and her Government are ignoring or worse, facilitating.

That evening I took a break from work to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday surrounded by friends and family!

On Sunday morning, I stood with veterans, our service men and women, MPs and civic leaders in remembrance of those who lost their lives in conflict. It was a beautiful Remembrance Sunday service in Liverpool, with poppies falling from the roof of St George’s Hall as a mark of remembrance of those people who have fallen in conflict.

I’m now back in Brussels this week. I will be back in the North west this weekend, until then you can, as always, follow the working I’m doing here and on twitter: @TheresaMEP