Although the House of Commons rose at the end of July for the summer recess, my constituency office remains as busy as ever with many Buckingham constituency residents contacting me to express their views about wide ranging issues.
Particularly prevalent topics of late span from potential amendments to the Hunting Act and concerns about changes to inheritance tax to the use of neonicotinoids in pesticides and the impact these chemicals could have on Britain’s bee population.
As always, I have done my best to ensure that the voices of Buckingham constituency residents are heard on these matters by corresponding with Secretaries of State and other relevant ministers. I am always loathe to tempt fate but, in spite of a spattering of local residents having problems getting their passports renewed, I am pleased to note that we have not, thankfully, been confronted with anything on the scale of last summer’s passport crisis.
Following the excellent Magna Carta Gala in Long Crendon in June, I was invited to speak at the Battle of Evesham Festival where I had the honour of laying a wreath to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of Simon de Monfort during the battle in 1265. It was a delight to meet with many local school students during the event; it is always wonderful to see young people engaging in history and politics. It must be said, however, that some were not too enthused at the prospect of spending a Saturday in their summer holidays, no less, wearing their school uniforms! Closer to home, I recently welcomed a local WI group into Parliament for a tour of the Palace of Westminster and the State Rooms of Speaker’s House. I am always happy to help organise such visits; if you think that a guided tour of the House of Lords and the House of Commons might be of interest to you, your family, your school or a local organisation you are involved with, please feel free to contact my office. My team are always happy to help wherever possible.
I do hope that everyone has the chance to enjoy the rest of the summer. I shall keep my fingers tightly crossed in hope that the glorious weather we were graced with throughout July and into August returns as soon as possible - my pot plants have had plenty of rain for now, thank you very much!