Thank you to all the North Swindon residents who re-elected me with an increased majority of 11,786. It was the proudest moment of my life.
I am extremely grateful to be able to continue representing my fellow local residents. For those who didn’t vote for me, I respect your views and will continue to stand up for everyone – regardless of their politics.
Returning to Parliament last week was like the first week back at school. The first day is spent working through all the correspondence which has built up during the election, whilst catching up with colleagues and greeting new MPs.
It’s an exciting time and I still vividly remember my first day in Parliament. It wasn’t long before I found myself getting lost in the three miles corridors, including an embarrassing wrong turn into the kitchens.
I have spoken to a number of the new MPs and reminded them of the importance of casework – we have an opportunity as an MP to support local residents when it matters most.
After the first day back, it was then reshuffle time as the Prime Minister decided which MPs would serve in the Government.
Early Tuesday morning I took a call to ask me to meet with the Prime Minister in one hour, no other details. It was very surreal as I realised this was when the next batch of Ministers were being confirmed, so I arrived at Downing Street and walked past all of the media, with no idea what to expect. After a short wait in reception the Prime Minister invited me in and formally invited me to join the Government as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People – a Ministerial role within the Department for Work and Pensions.
I am so proud to have been given this opportunity and will do my very best to make a difference, drawing on my experience of working with, and supporting many fantastic local organisations and charities in this field, right here in Swindon.