All in a day’s work

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I know from experience how varied an MP’s day can be, and the events I recently attended brought this home.

I joined campaigners pressing for the soon to be re-opened East-West Rail route to Cambridge. Then I joined residents for the Woughton Carnival. From the carnival theme, I moved on to formally declare a toilet open.

The Bletchley & District Allotment Association lacked a toilet facility. With a £9,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, they now have a composting toilet.

I then attended a Family Day organised by Carers MK and Social Eyes, with funding support from Parents and Carers Alliance. It was a day for families with a child with disability or additional needs to socialise and get support.

I ended that day with a military theme paying tribute to our forces at the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day.

I also had a number of enjoyable visits to schools in June, firstly to the Charles Warren Academy, Simpson. I also visited both Loughton School and MK Preparatory School to meet Year Six pupils to answer politics questions.

In Westminster, I will be supporting a Private Members Bill introduced by James Wharton MP on a European Union referendum.

While it is sensible to renegotiate our position in the EU, if we are not able to reform Europe the way most want to see, we should consider leaving.

I want us to get back to the Common Market arrangement we thought we were getting when we joined the EU in the 70s. Having a free trade zone is good for businesses, but I am opposed to the Euro and many other intrusions into UK domestic matters.

As such, I fully support having a proper referendum on this issue and I will be supporting the Bill in Parliament.

Another important piece of legislation progressing through Parliament is the Bill for High Speed Two. This is an issue I have spent time studying, both through my Transport Select Committee work and the perspective of how it will impact on Milton Keynes.

I support the principles, but I still have reservations on the route. I have been selected to sit on the Committee looking at the line by line wording of the Bill as it progresses, and this will give me a good opportunity to study specific details.