An honour to serve you: Final column by outgoing Erewash MP Jessica Lee

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This is my last column to you all and I hope it portrays just how much being your MP has meant to me.

The next MP will perhaps start their term with set ideas on how they will represent you. For me though, being brought up in the area, it has always been really important for me to stand up for where we live. In the past, I have felt there has been a train of thought that things happen elsewhere, but not here.

I have always represented Erewash in a way that would dispel that feeling. I hope the next MP builds on what we have collectively achieved. Like many Erewash residents, I have always been interested in public service, and although the job has a bad time in the press, it is invigorating and enjoyable; particularly when achievements are made. I would definitely recommend all you public spirited Erewash champions to get on the road to representation!

Many people have had such an influence to the recovery and improvement of Erewash and are un-sung heroes. The volunteers; such as and amongst others, the Royal British Legion; the Canaan Trust; Homestart and luncheon clubs: the Girl Guides, Army Cadets and Scouts. All of these fundamentally life-structuring services are mainly run by volunteers and have provided the services and support needed to make Erewash a great place to live; and for families to thrive.

Businesses have also made a huge difference to how Erewash has improved. I cannot express enough thanks to the businessmen and women of Erewash; who have often risked all; work all hours; negotiated new terms and put their trust in growth. Without successful businesses, we cannot grow our local economy or employ people locally. It has been my pleasure to support you all where I could; getting meetings with Ministers and seeking answers to specific enquiries. Many of you also supported me in my annual Erewash Jobs Fair; which has been the source of hundreds of jobs for people locally. Local businesses supported the bid for the train station and answered my personal plea for evidence to back the need for the station: once again un-sung heroes who will get their station!!

My final debate was one I applied for, on International Women’s Day.  In my first question to the Prime Minister in 2010 I asked about the future of Ilkeston Football Club. On that note, Ilkeston Football Club are having a flying season; they are second in the Premier Division of the Evo-Stick Northern league — go the Robins!!

I will remind you that Parliament dissolves at the end of March, which means that nobody is classed as an MP.

My office in Long Eaton will still be open until

May 6th though for any matters of concern. Please call my office on 0115 9722419.