Jun 22 2010 By Mary Macleod, MP for Brentford & Isleworth
I can hardly believe that a month has gone by since I was elected to Parliament. It has been a fascinating experience so far with many new MPs and a new style of politics with a Coalition Government.
I feel very privileged to be part of a new political era and am keen to keep focused on what I can do to make a difference for the people of Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley and Hounslow.
I made my maiden speech in Parliament during a debate on poverty, in which I talked about the pride I feel about being the local Member of Parliament for such a diverse and cosmopolitan constituency, with a rich history and an exciting future ahead. If you would like to see my speech, please go to http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingid=6333 and move the timer to 06:02:50.
I have been very busy establishing my team and learning how things work here in Parliament. As I write this, we have just been given an office and I now have my full team in place. There were some 230 new MPs to move in as well as many other moves for existing MPs. It is great that we are now in place and can quickly get on with the job.
I have welcomed two schools here in Westminster already, St Mary’s Primary School in Chiswick and Spring Grove Primary School and have been very impressed with the interesting and insightful questions asked by the pupils. My surgeries have been fully booked each week and I have already met around 50 people in my first month. We have held them in Chiswick Town Hall, St Paul’s Church Open Cafe in Brentford and Hounslow Community Centre. This week we will be at the St John’s Community Centre in Isleworth.
If you have an issue that you feel you need help with, please do contact my office on 020 7219 7023 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and my team will be happy to advise you and make an appointment if necessary.
I am extremely happy to be able to report back on some further progress on one of my key election pledges – Heathrow. Further to the Government’s pledge to abandon the third runway at Heathrow, I can also report that Theresa Villiers MP, the Minister for Transport, has confirmed that the Government will protect runway alternation at Heathrow; "We support the current protection of runway alternation. We defeated Labour’s proposals for mixed mode when we were in opposition, and we will not revive them now we are in Government." For all those who have campaigned against mixed mode, this is a very welcome announcement.
As I write this, we are awaiting the Emergency Budget and you will no doubt be considering how it will affect you and your family. It will be a tough but fair Budget that is necessary to tackle the longest and deepest recession we have experienced since the Second World War.
In my role in the Treasury Support Group, I look forward to working with the Government to make progress in tackling our country’s deficit whilst at the same time protecting the poorest and most vulnerable within our community.