Nobody wanted this Winter Election, but with no party able to command a majority in the House of Commons, Parliament was paralysed. So on December 12th – or sooner if you have a postal vote – you will judge whether over the years I have proven myself to be a strong constituency MP representing the interests of local people.
I take up issues with Government departments and agencies, and with local councils and housing authorities on behalf of constituents. My staff and I deal with up to 400 letters, emails, and phone calls a week – and I have a good track record in getting things done!
If I am re-elected, I hope you will continue to give me the opportunity of assisting you should you ever need my help.
I am very active in the Chamber of the House of Commons frequently asking questions and taking part in debates. However, an M.P.’s work has to be an effective balance between providing an excellent constituency service while playing an active part in the legislation of our nation. And that even means occasionally disagreeing with my Party when I think they have got something wrong such as HS2! But I do believe we must get Brexit done and not let it drift on indefinitely.
Before becoming an MP, I was a director of a company which supplied broadcasting systems and programming to radio stations in the UK and overseas. Before that, I was a radio broadcaster. I was educated at my local state school and then went on to study law and econometrics at university though I later became a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.
I always remember that it is to YOU, my constituents – and no-one else – to whom I am responsible! I hope you will re-elect me to Parliament.