Letters from Westminster

Weekly letters to my constituents

April 2017

Last week I was joined by a local student, Evie, on work experience in my office and many readers will have no doubt seen her with me around the constituency during the various visits I was able to undertake. I always enjoy helping local students – where possible – with work experience opportunities and I… Read more »

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March 2017

After last week’s tragic events in Westminster it has been a sombre place to work, but we have continued to get on with the business of the nation and returned to normality as quickly as we could. I am pleased to have seen stories in the press about those who helped the injured, like my… Read more »

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February 2017

Last week, during the February Parliamentary recess, I was very pleased to be able to spend most of the week meeting constituents, both in surgeries and in larger meetings.   On Thursday evening, I arranged for a number of constituents, including estate managers, parish councillors and residents from around the rural parts of my constituency,… Read more »

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January 2017

It was great to meet the Managing Director of the Bluestar bus service on Friday. I toured one of the new buses which will be serving routes in Romsey and was impressed by the efforts the company has made to ensure the buses are accessible by all, including using brighter floor coverings for people with… Read more »

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December 2016

As 2016 draws to a close I have been looking back at an often tumultuous and surprising year in Westminster and indeed the world.   The first six months were taken up by the EU Referendum Campaign, with different arguments being put forward in an attempt to persuade the voting public. As regular readers will… Read more »

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November 2016

This week as Phillip Hammond unveiled his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor of the Exchequer, I was pleased to hear the news that the economy remains on track and the Government has ensured that despite troubling times it has managed to keep manifesto pledges such as raising the tax-free personal allowance; lifting many families on… Read more »

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October 2016

This week I have continued with a long run of hosting constituents for Prime Minister’s Questions.  The Chairman of Romsey Extra Parish Council and his wife, Cllr and Mrs Wesson, came up to Westminster on Wednesday. It is always a pleasure to meet with parish councillors because it gives me gives me the opportunity to… Read more »

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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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