Back at Westminster after a week’s recess, it's a busy day. First up was a meeting with Andrew Bester, Chief Executive, Lloyds Commercial Banking & Stephen Pegge, their External Relations Director, to discuss the fallout of the court case concerning HBOS (now owned by Lloyds).
Its division in Reading handled small businesses which were forced, wrongly, into administration and then asset stripped. We discussed other possible such cases and their plans for compensation. I was pleased that they promised “input and insight” for the inquiry being organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Fair Business Banking, which I chair.
After that I met the Simply Health Managing Director, Mark Hamson, regarding their work in East Lothian. Then, because I was summing up for the SNP on a Westminster Hall debate on the future of the London Stock Exchange I then met with their Director of Government Relations, Xavier Solano, to hear their point of view.
Finally, again in my role as chair of the APPG on Fair Business Banking I met with Rebecca McNeil, CEO of Barclays Business Banking.
I and a large number of my constituents have signed the e-petition against the State Visit of Donald Trump to Britain so I later attended the Westminster Hall Debate on that petition. It was very crowded, reflecting the feeling regarding this visit and there was a large demonstration against it in Parliament Square.
I spent the evening catching up with my correspondence.