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View from the Commons - 13th August 2019

13th August 2019

My plans for this week underwent a rather sudden and unexpected change.

I had extended an invitation to some old friends to come and stay with me in Salisbury followed by a few days helping my sister out by looking after my two young nephews – all interspersed with constituency engagements.

Instead, I have found myself in London on Treasury business for much of the week, including attending some key cabinet committee meetings.

I was particularly sorry to miss out on the annual Chamber of Commerce BBQ. Parliamentary sittings too rarely align with their pattern of weekday morning meetings but I remain a director and supporter.

An engaged and energetic Chamber has the power to be an asset to any city and, in Salisbury’s case, it is always good to hear about the Young Chamber under Dan Rhind-Tutt attracting new members and gathering ever more momentum.

I spent last Saturday out and about in the Chalke Valley visiting businesses and hand delivering the last batch of copies of my annual report.

Unsurprisingly, a few people wondered if I was getting ahead with my election literature and I had to disappoint them by admitting that I have no special insights into the future!

On the contrary, I produce an annual report every year, most of which are delivered by the Royal Mail. However, in those areas where postcode districts span two constituencies, it makes sense to deliver by hand.

As well as plenty of fresh air and exercise in one of the most attractive corners of the constituency, the weekend therefore offered a range of fascinating conversations on everything from business to social care as well as the inevitable Brexit.

I never cease to be amazed by the courtesy and hospitality people show me, however pressing their questions and concerns.

After church on Sunday, I had to head to London but I am guaranteed to be released from Treasury commitments in time to continue what has become a happy tradition – presenting the prizes at the Woodford Valley Garden Club show on Saturday.

Posted by John Glen at 7:22pm

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