My 2010 Report

As I write this, with the new year fast approaching, it seems a very long time since that very nervous Election Day in May. The last few months have been some of the busiest and most exciting times for Parliament and for me personally. I feel very privileged to be a part of this Government and I know for certain that I would not be here if it were not for the hard work; dedication and support from so many people, for that I am continually grateful.

Comprehensive Spending Review

I was very pleased to hear the Chancellor’s announcements today, setting out how the Government will fairly and responsibly cut the national deficit, stop the spiralling debt left by the last Government and get the economy back on its feet.

The new term begins

Returning to Westminster this month feels very much like the beginning of a new school term, full of new beginnings and exciting challenges. This new term is an exciting one for Watford, with two of our schools gaining Academy status and the opening of the redeveloped West Herts Campus. Once again Watford is leading the way in education, and providing the best opportunities for our young people. I would like to wish all new pupils and staff the best of luck for this academic year.

Nominations now closed

Nominaitons for the best curry house in Watford and Abbots Langley are now closed. Dozens of people have emailed, tweeted, and facebooked me with their favourite restaurants.

Making the UK a friendlier place to start a business

This has been a difficult recession for small businesses. Shop owners, hairdressers, restaurateurs and many others have had to deal with a huge drop in demand. On top of this they have all had to put up with shorter lines of credit and stifling red tape and business rates.

Boosting our profile

Since coming to Parliament I have been doing my best to build Watford’s profile in Westminster. I have put myself forward for a number of committees and Parliamentary groups so that I can better represent the people of Watford.

Video of my Maiden Speech now online

Video of my Maiden Speech is now up on Youtube. I’m glad that I have got it out the way early. The next time I speak in the house, it won’t be nearly half as nerve-wracking! 

Making my maiden speech in the House of Commons

I was lucky enough to be the first new MP to make their Maiden Speech yesterday evening. To say that I was a little bit nervous is a slight understatement but I soon got over those gitters! I used my Maiden Speech to highlight the shame that is the huge increase in youth unemployment in Watford.

I’m at your service

I’m delighted to have been elected as your MP because it gives me the opportunity to be of service to you, the people of Watford, irrespective of your political views. That was the reason I decided to stand for Parliament. At 52 years old, with 31 years business experience and, with my wife, having brought up two children of my own, I felt I could contribute to the future of this country.