Letters from Westminster

Weekly letters to my constituents

September 2016

One of the great pleasures in my job is to meet people who have a huge passion for what they do, so I very much enjoyed seeing George Gallop last week. George runs People Plus in Southampton, a company which helps people on the Government’s Work Programme. The Work Programme is designed to help those… Read more »

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May 2016

I was delighted to join many hundreds of people in Romsey – and indeed elsewhere in the constituency – to welcome The Flying Scotsman on Saturday, it was a rare treat to see such a majestic piece of engineering steam through Romsey from Salisbury to Southampton as part of its historic tour of the country…. Read more »

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March 2016

Last Saturday residents in Swaythling may have seen me on Stoneham Way cleaning for the Queen for the second weekend in a row. I joined local Councillors and volunteers for the annual Swaythling clean up.  This year we collected 8 large sacks of litter and had the chance to chat to local residents who were… Read more »

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February 2016

On Saturday I met with a number of local residents who continue to be frustrated by the slow roll-out of super-fast broadband to villages by BT. This is a significant issue for many in the more ‘rural’ areas of my constituency, however I am always bemused by the fact there are people in the wilds… Read more »

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December 2015

As 2015 draws to a close I have spent some time reflecting on the events of the past 12 months. Of course, this time last year I was preparing for what is probably one of the most difficult and drawn out job interviews – the General Election campaign. It was an interesting and challenging campaign,… Read more »

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November 2015

This week the nation remembers those who gave their lives for our freedom. On Sunday I was moved by the annual Remembrance Service in the Memorial Park and afterwards in Romsey Abbey, where I was struck – as always – by the vast numbers of local people who came to pay their respects to those… Read more »

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October 2015

Having spent many weeks training, fundraising and watching the date draw nearer, the Great South Run is now upon us. I am running the 10 mile course around Portsmouth to raise money for Beat – the UK’s eating disorder charity which is available to provide help and support for the 750,000 people who suffer from… Read more »

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September 2015

We have all been shocked by the heart breaking images which emerged last week of children dying in their bid to escape the horrific situation in Syria. I know many constituents in Romsey and Southampton North have differing views on what should be done to help refugees, but I have received an overwhelming level of… Read more »

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August 2015

As regular readers may remember, I recently met with representatives of Beat, the UK’s leading charity providing help and support to people suffering from eating disorders. Beat are a charity I have come to know well and, as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image, I have seen the difference they… Read more »

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July 2015

Last week, in what I assume was an error during editing, my letter ended abruptly, mid-sentence. Indeed I did return to the constituency, but there was so much more to say. On Saturday I attended a service for the commemoration of Lanoe George Hawker, from Longparish, who became a British flying ace during World War… Read more »

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