A t this time of year it is so important to take time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
I had the honour of attending three services on Sunday. All of them were poignant, respectful and touching. On the centenary of the Great War and with all that is going on in our world today, it was heart-warming to see so many people at the services.
We must never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.
This time of year sees the schools debate competition kick off. This year, for the very first time, all schools in Milton Keynes are taking part. I have been running this competition for six years, and it is great to see the excitement and passion from students.
The final takes place in the House of Commons in December. Best of luck to the remaining students and schools!
I also had the pleasure recently of meeting with Compass, Milton Keynes Young People’s Substance Misuse Service, to discuss the growing problem of legal highs.
This is an area I have taken an interest in since two constituents contacted me last year after their son became dependent. The danger of these legal highs is that nobody really knows what is in them. I was impressed to hear that our city is tackling this problem head on, and I take my hat off to Compass for their hard work. I have pledged to champion them in the Houses of Parliament and I will do all I can to ensure this problem is tackled.
I have been to see many businesses in the last month. I visited SMC Pneumatics in Crownhill, who told me they are creating 30 new jobs, looking to take on more apprentices and also providing support, together with Autumn Years, for staff who have family members suffering with dementia. I also visited Make MK in Kiln Farm, a fantastic social enterprise workshop studio, who provide tools, machinery, and space to anyone who has an idea or project they want to get off the ground. Our local economy continues to go from strength to strength; I am very proud to the MP for a city that represent sinnovation, entrepreneurship and success.
With Christmas just round the corner I have no doubt I will bump into many of you around MK soon.