GUEST COLUMN: ‘I wanted to be an MP at 13’

Andrea Leadsom
Andrea Leadsom

‘A huge privilege of being an MP is to attend annual Remembrance Day services across the constituency to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country’

This year I attended the eve of Remembrance Day concert at St Lawrence’s Church in Towcester where there was a full church and some wonderful music.

The next morning I joined the service at All Saint’s Church in Northampton and then watched the march past by servicemen and women, young and old.

In the afternoon, it was a pleasure to attend the Remembrance Day Parade in Brackley where a very moving roll call of those who gave their lives was read out by the Head Boys and Girls of Magdalen College.

There was the added significance this year of it being 100 years since the start of World War One.

The beautiful and poignant tribute of the hand-made poppies, one for each British and Commonwealth soldier killed during the First World War, at the Tower of London was a wonderful tribute and a visual reminder of the sacrifice made and why it is so important that we always remember.

In Brackley and in several villages, I know that HS2 is causing significant concern and stress, which is why I was pleased that recently a Committee of MPs looking at mitigation measures visited South Northamptonshire to view the impact the project would have on our area.

Feedback from members of the Committee was very positive and they went away with a much clearer understanding of the challenges facing our area. 
I often mention that I enjoy speaking to our school children from primary school through to sixth form students.

Recently I was invited to Tonbridge Grammar School in Kent which is my old school!

It was a lot of fun and I was delighted to be invited back to talk to Economics and Psychology A-Level students about life as an MP.

I was 13, and a student at the school, when I decided I wanted to be an MP, and I’m always keen to promote public service as a career choice to young people.

In the run up to the election next May I hope there will be plenty more opportunities to visit schools and talk to students. It is my aim to arrange plenty of ‘Question and Answer’ sessions in various locations.