Face of Portsmouth - Flick Drummond
|Published: 20th March 2017 19:35|
Flick DrummondFlick Drummond was elected as the Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South in 2015 but has been working in the community for the last 10 years. Her latest projects are to prevent loneliness in the city especially among older residents and help prevent homelessness. Passionate about education, she has been a school governor at Milton Park Primary School for the last 8 years and is a patron (having been a trustee) of the Portsmouth International Traditional Boatbuilding College in Boathouse 4 in the Historic Dockyard. She was an active trustee of the Citizens Advice Bureau for 5 years and helps out at the foodbank at the Kings Church when time allows. Flick set up Pompey Litter Pickers to clean our streets and raise awareness of dropping litter.
What do you consider your biggest achievement so far in your career?
Definitely being elected as the MP for Portsmouth South. It was a dream for many years and it has been hard work getting there, but it’s absolutely everything I expected and more.
What has been the best thing to happen to you in the last year?
I have been heading an inquiry looking at why women, especially older women, find it difficult to get back into work after a break. We published the report in January and I gave a copy to the Prime Minister. On budget day, the PM announced £5million would go towards helping women return to work. When I heard the announcement, I thought I had done something worthwhile. It’s not really about the money, it's about changing employers’ views on taking on people that have a gap in their CVs and the Government has shown leadership.
What do you want to happen in the next year?
I recently held a seminar on homelessness and would like to make sure it leads to a better co-ordination of all the services we have in Portsmouth to tackle the problem. I am hoping the Homelessness Reduction Bill (I was on the Bill committee) will soon become law as it will help prevent homelessness in the first place. I also would like to see some progress towards a centre for older people in Portsmouth as loneliness is a big issue.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
I love my job so re-election in 2020 will mean I'm still MP for Portsmouth South. I want to continue to work on behalf of residents and achieve some of the projects that I have in mind. Five years goes very quickly indeed in Politics though!
What do you like doing in your spare time/to relax?
I like walking on the beach. I used to run but my knees and hips do not agree with that anymore, so my husband and I tend to spend most of our holidays walking. I also like to make things, whether it is the necklaces I wear or tapestries. I always have something on the go.
What do you like about living/working in Portsmouth?
I love the community spirit. Everywhere you go in Portsmouth people are doing amazing things. There is so much to do in the city and I like the individual shops - it’s a very exciting city to live in.
What is your favourite place in Portsmouth?
It has to be the beach at Eastney, although Old Portsmouth runs it a close second.
What one thing do you think would make living in Portsmouth better?
Less traffic and safer cycling would improve the city a great deal. It is a flat city so we should all be able to cycle, but it is still dangerous and we need more cycle lanes.
Imagine yourself as a child. What would you say to your younger self?
Determination and persistence will get you to the place that you want, don’t listen to what other people say and believe in yourself.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that we might not know.
My father was in the Intelligence Service. I was born in Aden, (now Yemen) and I was bought up there and in various other in trouble spots around the world. It has given me a life-long interest in the Middle East.