Southend Standard Column

Shortly after this column is printed I will be returning to Westminster following a very busy recess in Rochford and Southend East.  As you will have read, over the last few columns, I have attended many events across the constituency.  I have officially opened venues, met new business, walked with a guide dog whilst blindfolded and spent a day on the river ‘beating the bounds’ to name a few.  However, it is back to putting on a suit and representing my constituents in Westminster. I much prefer not to wear a suit when out and about in the constituency on official duties.

The next few weeks are going to be very interesting indeed.  Following the 2010 General Election the Coalition Government was formed as no single party had a large enough majority to form a single party Government.  Recently there has been some speculation as to the future of this Coalition however, one thing I am sure of, David Cameron and the Conservative Party will do what is right for the country and put the countries interests first, as he did back in 2010.

There have been some very difficult decisions made in the last two years and people are feeling the pinch. It is a harsh reality that despite all that we are doing to reduce the huge budget deficit that the Government inherited from Labour, we still have more work to do to balance the books.

I have faith in David Cameron in leading the Government through until the next General Election and with every tough decision made we must not lose sight that it was the labour party that left us as a nation, almost bankrupt, and it is this government continually righting their wrongs, correcting their mistakes and mopping up their mess.

I thoroughly enjoyed recess but I am really looking forward to getting back to Parliament and seeing what others have been up to.  It will be interesting to see if there is still talk of Lords reform, coalition frictions or whether chatter over the reshuffle will predominate before we can get back to the task of growing the economy.