On Thursday June 6th, I joined members of the Hyde and Dukinfield Rotary Clubs to speak about life as an MP, how things really work in Westminster, and the work I do alongside local community groups to represent my constituents in Parliament.
The Rotary Club do some fantastic work, not just in the constituency, but throughout the world too. The Rotary Club is full of public-spirited people who care about their neighbourhoods.
Groups like theirs put lie to the idea that ordinary people can’t make a difference in their communities, and I will always be happy to participate in any of their efforts.
On this occasion, I was invited along by the President of Hyde Rotary Club, David Bentley, after we worked together to raise money for their End Polio campaign last year.
I shared some anecdotes about my experiences since being elected as an MP in 2010, and discussed some of the difficulties facing local people here in the constituency. I always enjoy the opportunity to discuss the challenges I face as an MP.
People do not always realise just how complicated it can be representing a constituency of 85,000 people, and having the opportunity to put that argument to people in a slightly less adversarial setting is very useful.
This was also David’s final meeting as President of the club, so it was a pleasure to be there for the final event of his presidency. I have had a warm relationship with David during his time as President of the club, and I look forward to having a similarly positive relationship with his successor, Bill Goldthorp.
Published 13th June 2013