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, to meet with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, and Chief Inspector Kory Thorne, the Divisional Commander for the Test Valley area, having heard from several constituents about their crime related concerns.
I hope all those involved found it useful to hear about the hard work Chief Inspector Thorne is undertaking to ensure there are increased resources in Test Valley to combat the threats we all face. I know the Police and Crime Commissioner certainly took on board the concerns of the people of Romsey, and hope this forms part of his future strategy for the area.
On Friday, I was delighted to visit Grove Place in Nursling to take part in a Question and Answer session with a group of residents. I was asked some very interesting questions on subjects ranging from foreign aid, to the Bank of England and Brexit.
Finally, it was great to see schools from my constituency compete in the Rock Challenge regional heats last week and it was my genuine pleasure to announce the winner of Thursday’s heat, Halterworth Primary School. Braishfield were also taking part that evening, and I thought their interpretation of Roald Dahl’s work was brilliant. I was also thrilled to hear Wellow won their heat the following night, and I very much hope to be able to get to Portsmouth to see them both in the final.