Last week I wrote about Founder’s Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and that I’d attended in my capacity as Paymaster General.
It was a wonderful occasion but not exactly typical! So, I thought this week I’d give readers a taste of a more usual day in the Cabinet Office.
There are a few meetings and events that take place each week – I have a catch-up meeting on Monday mornings with my various teams. The first one is crucial – a diary meeting with my diary manager, my Private Secretaries and my Special Advisors.
I then meet with my ministerial team – junior ministers, the Cabinet Office Whip and my Parliamentary Private Secretary. There’s also a meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday mornings and Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesdays.
Every month or so I answer questions in the Chamber of the House of Commons, during Cabinet Office Questions and that necessitates several preparation sessions with my various teams.
There are also plenty of one-offs – meetings and visits to do with the various areas I look after as Minister for the Cabinet Office – party funding, cyber security, public sector efficiency and reform, industrial relations, the civil service, the Government’s transparency programme, civil contingencies and UK statistics.
A quick look in my diary shows meetings where I’ve briefed back bench colleagues on, among other things, civil service reform and the occasions the Government’s Olympics Committee, which I chaired until the Prime Minister took it over a few months ago, has met.
Days often conclude with a working dinner or with me giving a speech at an evening event, in London or elsewhere in the country.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Charity Awards 2012 Dinner – the Oscars for small and medium-sized UK charities – where I presented the overall winner award.
Thankfully, I have a decent amount of Horsham-related activities in my Monday to Thursday, Westminster diary. I see my House of Commons constituency team regularly and use the time to discuss constituency campaigns, individual constituents’ cases, read correspondence and sign letters.
When my diary allows it, I also meet constituents who’ve come to Westminster .
So, a mixed bag of meetings and events – the great thing about my various roles is that I never know what I’m doing from one day to the next!