February 2020: News from your local MP

February 04 2020

FIRST of all, I’d like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year. 2020 doesn’t just mark the turning of the calendar – it also marks the start of a new decade.
A decade ago, I was preparing to stand for the first time in the general election in May. I didn’t really expect to win, but I was determined to try my best.
Four months later, I was surprised when local people gave me the chance to serve our community.
Ten years on, I was equally delighted when you re-elected me as your MP, this time with the largest majority I’ve ever had, 11,220, and with over 56 per cent of people voting for me.
I am truly honoured and I want to not only thank everyone who had placed their trust in me - I want to say that whoever you voted for, I am here to help you as best I can. I hold regular advice surgeries and my constituency office is open to visit each day. For those who do not have my contact details, I can be emailed at chris.skidmore.mp@parliament.uk and telephone 0117 908 1524.
I also want to thank the other candidates who took part in the general election - Nicola Bowden Jones, Dine Romero, Joe Evans and Angelika Cowell. I enjoyed taking part in BBC Radio Bristol hustings with them. Standing for election can be a tough commitment and I want to thank them for giving voters a choice in our democracy.
Now that we are in a new decade, I want to look to the opportunities ahead for our area. In the past ten years, we’ve seen continued investment in jobs - with more people in work than ever before - as well as funding for our towns, with Kingswood securing a £3 million cash injection for the regeneration of the High Street, including £680k of WECA funding to help stabilise and restore our precious Whitfield Tabernacle building. I want to continue this and hope to see more growth in our living standards thanks to a strong economy and strong local towns.
But this also depends on having good transport links - which is why I want progress on the M4 link and also better bus services, as well as ensuring our public services are levelled up, so that we see the school funding increases needed. This month, we are introducing a bill ensuring that we see the £33billion rise in NHS funding promised- and I want to see this reflected in increased investment also in our local area.
A lot will change in ten years - for myself, I got married and had three children - but I want to ensure that we continue to see positive change so that our local area can be the best it can be.