MP’S COLUMN: Whirlwind start to my new life

Victoria Atkins EMN-151105-210420001
Victoria Atkins EMN-151105-210420001

I hope that this column will help to bring Westminster a little closer to Lincolnshire, explaining what I am doing on your behalf in the constituency and in the House of Commons.

This first month has been truly memorable.

From the glorious ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament, to holding my first surgery in the constituency, it has been a whirlwind few weeks.

Like all new MPs, I am in the process of setting up two new offices (one in the constituency and one in Westminster).

It is rather like setting up two micro businesses: for those who have written to me or emailed me, please bear with me as it will take time to settle down.

I have already asked my first question in the House, on the subject of communications data and the fight against terrorism and serious, organised crime.

Given my background prosecuting criminals, I felt that this was a suitable topic on which to make my first contribution in the chamber.

I am planning to make my first speech in the next few weeks: watch this space!

I have taken every opportunity to lobby ministers on the issues facing us here in eastern Lincolnshire.

For example, I have discussed the local economy with the Chancellor’s aides, including the need for better rural broadband and roads.

I have emphasised the importance of RAF Coningsby, locally and nationally, to the Minister for the Armed Forces, Penny Mordaunt MP.

I have met Ministers from DEFRA, as well as the NFU President, Meurig Raymond, to press the importance of backing British – and Lincolnshire – farming.

It is a real pleasure to come home to Lincolnshire when the House is not sitting.

The Meridale Centre in Sutton on Sea was the venue for my first surgery.

The surgery was over-subscribed and I am already working on the issues raised.

For those people who were not able to attend on this occasion, details of future surgeries will be published on my website (www.victoriaatkins.org.uk).

I will hold surgeries around the constituency at different locations to enable as many people as possible to attend.

I have also had the privilege of visiting The Edward Richardson Primary School in Tetford to open their new swimming pool changing rooms.

It was a very enjoyable event and I look forward to attending many more such positive events in the future.

It has been a pleasure to serve as your MP in the first few weeks and I am greatly looking forward to continuing to do so in the coming 
years.