Your Local MP: July 2017

June 30 2017

I WANTED to thank readers for their support in last month's General Election.

I WANTED to thank readers for their support in last month's General Election. I was delighted to be re-elected as your Member of Parliament. As I said in my acceptance speech on the night, there can be no greater honour than to represent the area you were born and grew up in. As my home area, I've always wanted to stand up for my local community- there is in my mind no greater privilege as a MP.

Whether you voted for me or not, what is important is that as your MP I am here for each and every single resident. What matters to me is that as I am a servant of my community, and will try my best to represent every single person, and to make our home and community an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

This election came out of the blue, leaving all parties not as much time to campaign as we would have hoped: we managed with a small team to deliver over 100,000 leaflets and letters, and speak to hundreds of residents, however this was not as much as I would have liked - there are over 35,000 households and 67,000 residents in my constituency. I would have liked to have spoken to as many people as possible, but this was not easy given a snap election. I will be out speaking to people regardless of elections, but if you do wish to speak to me please contact my office on 0117 9081524 or email me at

I was humbled that more people voted for me - 26,500 - than before, when 23,300 people were kind enough to lend me their vote. Since I stood to become Kingswood's MP in 2008, I am delighted that the Conservative share of the vote has risen from 33% of all voters to 55% at this election - which was up from 48% two years ago.

Local people have put their trust in me again and I want to ensure that I deliver for them. Clearly there were issues raised on the door and in the local media such as school funding, that I had been campaigning on, and will continue to do so. We need strong public services, but we can also only achieve this if we have a strong economy, keeping people in work whose taxes pay for our hospitals, schools and roads. There is no such thing as free government money - only taxpayers money, which must be spent as wisely as possible if we are to avoid getting further into debt and risking our economy sliding into recession, leading to job losses.

Just this week, I held my 16th Kingswood MP Jobs Fair - I'm determined to get straight back to work and helping local residents find work. I will also be working hard to ensure that Kingswood's voice and its priorities are heard at Westminster. The need for a M4 Link to the ringroad, the future of the Frenchay hospital site and investment in our healthcare and education are all key issues I want to address.

I will be writing to all households to thank them, setting out how I can help as your MP - I will be continuing to hold regular surgeries - as I believe that campaigning should continue all year round, not just at election time. But for now, I am so grateful that you have given me this opportunity to serve you again.