Warm greetings from your new MP for Erewash

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First of all, I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me and who put their trust in myself and the Conservative Party on May 7.

I feel extremely honoured to be the Member of Parliament for Erewash and pledge my commitment to work for everyone in our community over the coming years, irrespective of political allegiance.

I would also like to pay tribute to the other candidates and wish them all well for the future.

Over the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to continuing to meet residents, businesses, charities, youth groups and the numerous support organisations that flourish across Erewash.

It has been a busy few weeks but I am sure it’s going to get even busier.

I have taken the oath, experienced the pomp and ceremony of the State opening of Parliament and The Queen’s Speech as well as occasionally getting lost along the many corridors that all seem to look the same.

The House of Commons staff are extremely friendly and helpful and are always ready to answer my questions or show me the quickest way to get from one part of Parliament to another.

I have already submitted questions for the health secretary but was unsuccessful in being called to ask them. I will find other ways of getting answers to my questions by using the whole remit of Parliamentary procedures. And I hope to be called to give my maiden speech over the next couple of weeks.

The Queen’s Speech reflects the Conservative manifesto that the Government was elected on, not just in Erewash but throughout the UK. It builds on the last five years with policies to continue to increase employment and provide even more apprenticeships, ensuring there are no rises in income tax rates, VAT or national insurance for the next five years. We will also legislate for more free childcare and ensure that people working 30 hours a week on the national minimum wage will not pay income tax.

Our manifesto commitment to hold an in/out referendum on membership of the European Union will become reality, with the referendum being held in 2017 once our relationship with the EU has been renegotiated.

This is just a flavour of the legislative programme over the coming months, but making sure we ‘get it right for Erewash’ is an important part of my remit.

I know many of you have put your faith in me at the ballot box to deliver on important issues locally - bringing life back into Bath Street, ensuring our local health services are fully funded, holding an annual jobs fair and looking at long-term solutions to ease the congestion in our towns.

My community office is now fully open and you can come along with any issues or concerns.

It is at 73 Derby Road, Long Eaton, or telephone 0115 972 2419.

My email address is maggie@maggiethroup.com.