We’re hitting the ground running
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.