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very week I get hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls from constituents seeking


advice with personal problems, asking questions of national policy and asking me to meet with local organisations. In my 15 months as an MP, however, I have


not received as much correspondence on a single issue as I have this month on the problems with Royal Mail deliveries. So many people from Abbots Langley in the


north to Oxhey in the south of my constituency have faced long delays in receiving their post, some for up to a week. I find this totally unacceptable and have been speaking continually with the Royal Mail and will be meeting with them shortly to demand answers. Even today, when we do so much via email and


on the internet, we often forget how much we rely on the post. People have written to me saying that they have been waiting for money and important documents and local companies are concerned about the amount of business they have lost, as Royal Mail make changes to their service in Watford.


‘As MP I will be meeting with


the Royal Mail to demand that I am given assurances that this problem will be remedied


promptly and for the long term’ As MP I will be meeting with the Royal Mail to


demand that I am given assurances that this problem will be remedied promptly and for the long term. I will also be doing everything in my power to get compensation for anybody who has lost money or business as s result of the delays. In my next column I will update you with


progress on this matter. This month we have also started to collect data


from the jobs fair and have been thrilled to find out already that well over a hundred people have found jobs at the small companies that were there on the day. Whilst every job found is great news, there are


a few stories that have really impressed me. One local company got in touch to tell me that they had hired four young apprentices for paid training, giving them the skills and experience they need for the future. I was also really pleased to learn that three


people who visited the fair had set up companies through the Enterprise Business Club – all of whom have now come off benefits for the first time in years. I said before the fair that if it found one person


a job, it would all be worth it. To see that the jobs fair took so many people out of long-term unemployment and back in to work is just incredible. Now the fair is over we cannot afford to get


complacent about levels of unemployment in Watford, nor about supporting business charities and other groups in Watford. I want to hear about what you think are the biggest problems facing Watford at the moment and what you would like to see happen to change these problems. If you want to discuss any problems or ideas


you may have please get in touch by emailing me at richard.harrington.mp@parliament.uk or leaving a message on my website, richardforwatford.org.uk.


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