Last year's figures show that 1.1 million people in the UK used food banks, over a quarter of whom are in work.
The EU Parliament has just passed a resolution, stating that not enough progress has been made to move to the second phase of Brexit negotiations.
Some 6 months after Article 50 was triggered, there is annoyance at the lack of clarity on citizens' rights, the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the UK's financial commitments.
Some women in Lancashire are earning up to 27% less than men for the same work.
In fact, the National Centre for Social Research named two North West communities in their list of the ten worst local economies in the UK to be a woman.
It's weekly roundup time!
Lots of committee work going on, and this is what else I've done:
Attended an event on female genital mutilation (FGM) and how we can end this practice by engaging with people at grassroots level.
Met with representatives from the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL) to talk about the Commission's disability strategy and what we can do to better empower disable people.
Discussed human rights and regional security with a delegation from the UAE.
Check out what I've done as your MEP last week in Strasbourg - in addition to lots of votes and committee meetings, I did the following:
Spoke twice in the chamber on the issue of the situation in Myanmar and the suffering of the Rohingya - I played an active role in getting the resolution passed by the European Parliament (find the text of the resolution here http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do… ).
Met with the Bangladesh Ambassador to the EU to discuss the...
How many more women will be raped? How many more children will be tortured?
Today I gave a speech, and urgent call to action, to the European Parliament on the atrocities in Myanmar.
This has been my first full week in Brussels as the North West's newest Member of European Parliament. It's been a very busy week, working hard to get my office up and running so that I can represent you effectively right from the start of my term in office.
Today I attended an event with the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, about the ongoing situation in Kashmir.
It's the end of my first week as an MEP! Busy week in Strasbourg being the new boy in the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament. We've been voting on key issues such as EU-Turkey relations and ensuring multinational companies make public the amount of tax they pay in each EU country.
Wajid Khan has become the North West’s newest MEP.
Wajid joins Thesea Griffin and Julie Ward as the region’s Labour MEPs.
Born and bred in Burnley, Wajid campaigned for election in the 2014 European elections. He became an MEP after a by-election in Manchester Gorton saw the departure of his predecessor, Afzal Khan, who now sits in the UK Parliament.