Following the whirlwind of the election period, the first weeks back

in Westminster were predictably

jam-packed. We began with the pageantry of the State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech.

In the speech, I was pleased to hear the Government focusing on areas which I know really matter to my constituents.

I have had many people contact me about local hospitals, which are under huge pressure, so I know the Government’s commitment for more funding will be welcome news to all.

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I’m also encouraged that the focus of the Government is on making sure the manifesto commitments on public services and infrastructure are felt throughout the country – including here in Worcestershire.

I’ve been getting back into the swing of Parliament with the most important and high-profile bill, the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, passing through the House of Commons with a large majority and it will pass all stages in time for us to leave the EU on 31 January.

As a Government Whip, part of my role is to help my 109 new colleagues settle in after the election and help them understand parliamentary process and procedures. When they arrive on the Monday after the election they have no staff and no office, yet they need to start corresponding with constituents and start participating in parliamentary debates, questions and votes immediately. It can be a bewildering experience, but the new MPs – on both sides of the chamber – are embracing their new roles fully.

It also took the opportunity to get up close and personal with the FA cup when the FA came to Parliament to talk about what work they, and the Football Foundation, have done in our area. They have helped fund improvements to no less than 44 pitches in the constituency. Good news for any football-loving constituents!

In recent weeks I have made some fascinating visits to local businesses including a state-of-the-art tomato growing facility at Evesham and the Hill and Moor waste management facility. I look forward to visiting many more local business and organisations in the coming weeks.