I have never been fox hunting, I have never been involved in any aspect of fox hunting, and I have no wish to go fox hunting. Furthermore, I am happy to confirm that, if I am re-elected and there is a free vote on the issue during the next parliament, as has been suggested, I will NOT vote to repeal the Hunting Act.
Thank you to Deputy Head, Carla Szadowski, for showing me around the school and allowing me to meet with the pupils on the School Council.
It was clear that leadership team there is determined to put past troubles behind them and are clearly well down that road. I hope that they will soon be given the official recognition their efforts deserve.
I was particularly impressed by their ‘Rainbow Promise’ and the emphasis on Honesty, Patience, Peace and Respect. It is never too early to start teaching children the importance of these core values that are so important to a healthy society.
Last Friday I had the pleasure of visiting Easthampstead Park School.
I very much enjoyed being shown some of the arts projects recently completed by the GCSE Class of ’17. I am pleased that most students plan to come back into the sixth form in the Autumn – there is some real talent there. It was also clear that the enthusiasm of the Head Teacher, Liz Cook, had rubbed off on them and their teachers.
This visit was organised before the General Election was called, but I really wanted to make sure that it still went ahead. I have stressed so often how important it is for young people to vote, regardless of who their vote is for.
Put quite simply, young people will be living with the consequences of the decisions made by MPs for longer than anyone else, and so it really is in their interests to have a say in who their elected representatives are. I was happy, then, when I was approached by two pupils who will be eligible for the first time on June 8th, and they said that they definitely intended to vote. I hope that many other young voters in the Bracknell constituency do, too.
The Prime Minister yesterday announced that she intended to hold a General Election on 8th June, and Parliament has today overwhelmingly supported this motion in the House of Commons. I feel that this was the right decision for the country and that is why I voted in favour.
The PM has recently, and reluctantly, come to the conclusion that an election is necessary, as she seeks to establish a strong Government that will give the country stability and certainty for a full five years, not just up to the point at which we leave the European Union but beyond it too.
The UK faces a number of challenges in the coming years and I think it is fair to grant an opportunity to the British people to have their say before we begin to negotiate our withdrawal from the EU.
My friend Theresa May is a leader who gets things done. When she became Prime Minister, her priorities were to provide economic certainty, a clear vision and strong leadership – she has delivered. She will soon set out her ambitious plans for the future of our country.
I am looking forward to making my case, and that of the Conservative Party, to the people of Bracknell, Crowthorne, Finchampstead, Sandhurst and Wokingham Without. It would be an honour and a privilege to continue serving them as their Member of Parliament.