We’re hit­ting the ground run­ning

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - Do­minic Grieve MP for Bea­cons­field

AF­TER the elec­tion re­sults on May 7 , I have to begin by ex­press­ing the warm­est of thanks to my con­stituents in Bea­cons­field, who re­turned me as your Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment to serve you for an­other five years. No can­di­date can ever be com­pla­cent about the out­come and there are al­ways con­cerns when elec­tors say, ‘Oh, you will get back in, you don’t need to worry round here’, in case peo­ple think there is no need to ex­er­cise their vote.

On the day, it was clear from the polling sta­tions that there would be a high turn-out – just un­der 70 per cent – and I think from the re­sult it was ev­i­dent that peo­ple did want to se­cure a clear-cut re­sult, no mat­ter what the poll­sters and the fore­cast­ers were say­ing.

Both the ma­jor­ity in Bea­cons­field – 26,311 – and the share of the vote for the Con­ser­va­tives, at 63 per cent, demon­strated that there was a strong feel­ing that the UK needs to con­sol­i­date the eco­nomic re­cov­ery, cre­at­ing more jobs and growth. There is a Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, al­beit with a small ma­jor­ity, for the first time since 1992.

Re­turn­ing to West­min­ster isn’t just a for­mal­ity, as there are no MPs dur­ing the pe­riod of an elec­tion.

My West­min­ster of­fice was closed up, so my staff needed to come back in and set ev­ery­thing up again. Nei­ther the Par­lia­men­tary email sys­tem nor the tele­phones can be used – all th­ese ser­vices have to be re­in­stated. Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment have to elect a Speaker, which we did, and we have to take the oath to serve as MPs again.

By the time you read this, we will all be ex­am­in­ing the de­tails of the leg­is­la­tion which will be brought for­ward – the timetable con­tained in the Queen’s Speech on May 27 – to see how it will af­fect peo­ple in our own con­stituen­cies. There will also be a Bud­get on July 8, so there’s a busy time ahead.

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