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t the beginning of the month I realised that it had been an incredible six months since I


was first elected as MP. At times it feels a lot longer than six months since that incredibly nervous day in May, but looking back over the last few months I can‟t quite believe where the time has gone! One of the things I am proudest to have


achieved is the number of constituents that my team and I have been able to assist. Since being elected I have held 12 surgeries, with over 100 individual appointments, helped over 350 constituent cases and answered well over 2,000 emails on Government policy and local issues. My team and I have dealt with every matter imaginable, from immigration issues to disability allowance and policy areas from spending cuts to the beak trimming of hens. Certainly no day is ever the same! It was a privilege, last month, to attend many


of the moving services to commemorate the fallen and honour those who continue to serve in the Armed Forces. Many servicemen and women from Watford have fought and continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last few years and several have given their lives for our country. Their dedication and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten Watford is home to an incredible 2,000 plus


small businesses in Watford, some of which I have had the opportunity to visit in the last few months. I believe, and the Prime Minister agrees, that it is businesses like these that are crucial to national economic recovery, but there is no denying that the last few years have not been easy for small businesses. Having been in business for many years myself and following many conversations with local


business owners, I am very keen to learn about what I and the Government can do to ease the burdens facing start up businesses in our town. The problems are perhaps most evident in the


Queens Road area of Watford, a shopping parade filled with empty boarded up shops. After visiting the area earlier in the year and seeing the problems first hand, I invited the Minister for Small Business, Mark Prisk MP to visit the area to discuss this issue. At a meeting with the Minister, local business


people and representatives from local charities and organisations that deal with unemployed people talked about how the Government can support start up businesses and bring much needed money and employment to the local area. Several ideas were discussed and I will continue to meet with my colleagues on Government and local people to do all I can to bring these suggestions in to fruition. Last month I also had my first opportunity to


ask a question at Prime Minister‟s Question‟s. I used this opportunity to ask David Cameron what plans the Government has to invest in the British Film Industry that is to provide so many jobs in Watford. The Prime Minister welcomed the news of Warner Brothers relocating to Watford and said it would be a real boost to both the town and nationally. As quickly as the last few months have gone


the weeks leading to Christmas seem to go even faster. I hope to be taking a couple of days off to spend some quality time with my wife and sons who have seen far too little of me since May. Whatever you have planned for the Christmas period I hope you enjoy it and I wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas.


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