For 18 years I have had the honour to represent the Buckingham constituency in Parliament.
First and foremost, I am a constituency MP, and I have always sought to be a hard-working and efficient representative for our area who stands up for, and with, local residents. Whether it is a concern about home-school transport, problems with the HMRC or fighting for the provision of care for our most vulnerable residents, I have always tried to be on hand to help. I have taken on thousands of individual cases and have always attempted to resolve them wherever possible. I have been outspoken on the issue of HS2, which would be all pain and no gain for the large portions of the community which it blights. Each successive Transport Secretary has met with me in Speaker’s House to discuss our concerns. I am quite clear in these discussions: we are against this proposal.
On the issue of local planning, I am against the creeping threat of speculative developments. In the last six months alone I have submitted objections to applications for developments in areas such as, although by no means limited to, Newton Longville, Haddenham, Princes Risborough and Ivinghoe. I am, and will remain, opposed to putting profit before people.
I would like to close by saying that it has always been a privilege to be an advocate for our area, and I very much hope that the electors of the Buckingham constituency will permit me to continue in this capacity.