Justin Madders MP - Blog - April 2017 Extra
|Author: Justin Madders MP||Published: 20th April 2017 09:02|
In his latest blog for AboutMyArea Neston readers, Justin Madders MP reacts to the surprise announcement of a General Election to be held in June.
Justin Madders MP. Photo by Bernard Rose
Yesterday, to the surprise of almost everyone, Theresa May set out her plans to hold a General Election on 8th June. This announcement came despite her categorically ruling out a snap election on several occasions when directly asked, including just a couple of weeks ago. Today (Wednesday April 19) Parliament was asked to endorse an early election and I voted in favour of that motion, as I am proud to defend my record of working as hard as I can on local issues.
When I was elected two years ago, I promised to be a local MP for Neston as well as for Ellesmere Port and I hope that people will feel that I have kept that promise. As a resident of Little Sutton, with children attending school in Neston, I have links to both parts of the constituency and a shared interest in ensuring that both towns are well represented in Parliament.
Following the election, I initially became accustomed to having to add "...and Neston" when I was referred to as the "Honourable Member for Ellesmere Port" in Parliament. However, after raising issues relating to the town on many occasions in Parliament, some of my colleagues finally seem to be getting the message.
One example of this is the fact that I have used every possible opportunity to raise concerns about the substandard and expensive rail services serving Neston, and I am hopeful that we will finally see some progress in terms of a more regular service, with a positive meeting with Arriva only last week. Alongside this, I formed an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Mersey Dee area, working with fellow MPs on both sides of the Welsh border to ensure that cross-border issues are addressed rather than being passed from pillar to post. I have also been working with the local residents and councillors to improve road safety in various areas around the town.
Representing Neston is also about being visible, active and accessible in the community all year round. During the two week Easter recess, before any of us knew about the election, I visited Neston on four days including once to hold one of my regular Neston advice surgeries. I have made working in Neston the rule, not the exception.
Until Parliament is dissolved on 3rd May, I will still be the MP for Neston and I hope that I will be given the opportunity to continue working for the town following the outcome of the General Election.
Justin Madders MP
Ellesmere Port & Neston
Shadow Health Minister