During November we take the time to remember not just the fallen, but all those who serve and have served in the defence of our country.
As the daughter of a World War Two veteran, I find Remembrance Sunday particularly poignant. However this year held extra significance as it was the first time I have had the honour of laying a wreath as your MP.
This year I took part in the commemorations at Long Eaton and will continue the tradition of alternating which service I attend each year.
Parliament has been particularly busy since we returned from the party conference recess.
I was delighted that we have managed to secure a change to the rules that govern voting in the House of Commons, so that from now on when Parliament makes decisions affecting only the people of England, or England and Wales, then only those Members of Parliament elected to represent England, or England and Wales can vote on it.
This is a big victory for democracy and will ensure the English have more of a voice over matters that only affect them.
I was also pleased to be able to take party in Wendy Morton’s Private Member’s Bill on NHS charitable trusts. We are extremely lucky to have our own hospital in Ilkeston, which is supported extensively by the Ilkeston League of Friends.
The league’s army of volunteers do an invaluable job whether it is serving cups of tea, selling newspapers and toiletries to patients or improving the hospital’s facilities.
I was delighted to be able to use them as a shining example of how charities can improve and enhance our NHS services for all and would like to extend my thanks for all their hard work.
On Friday I will be holding the first ever Erewash Volunteer Day.
This initiative is being supported by my staff, who have all kindly agreed to give up a day of their annual leave, and will see us go and spend the day at some of Erewash’s fantastic local charities.
I hope that this will become an annual event, with the aim of promoting volunteering and encouraging more local people to take up the challenge and get involved.
Any resident wishing to contact me can do so via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Bridge House, Derby Road, Long Eaton, NG10 1HU.