Parliamentary business takes me to some strange places but few are stranger than the Belaz factory just outside Minsk in Belarus. Belaz are one of the big three global manufacturers of earth moving equipment and with my fellow MPs I was there to promote British companies like JCB who we all consider to have an excellent product that could work well in partnership with Belaz. We also visited a factory that makes single decker buses that in my opinion would look well on the streets of Ealing North.
I was absolutely fascinated to discover that most of Southern and Western Belarus which used to be part of the commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania still speaks Polish. Obviously as someone from Ealing that gave me an immediate advantage!