Weekly Column 24.04.19

After what has been a really busy few months in Westminster, it was lovely to be back home in the Moorlands with my family for Easter.

The sun was shining and as always, I enjoyed being out and about in the constituency. It is always refreshing to be surrounded by our beautiful countryside, which I really miss when I am in Parliament, and to be out in the fresh air with my family.

As usual I was pleased to support our local shops and businesses and my family enjoyed the Leek markets over the weekend. We really do have some of the most fantastic produce here in the Moorlands and my colleagues in Westminster always enjoy the oatcakes, cheese and various local goodies that I bring back for them to try. 

We have local elections coming up soon and I have enjoyed campaigning with some of our fantastic Conservative candidates over the past few weeks, including last weekend. We have also been busy in my constituency office dealing with the many pieces of correspondence that you send to me and organising my next coach trip to Parliament.

Easter is always a time for reflection and for people to gather together as we celebrate this very special festival in the Christian year. I was pleased to join in the Walk of Witness through Leek on Good Friday but while many of us spent the weekend with family and friends, I would like to say a special thank you to everyone who worked over Easter, those working in the emergency services as well as the doctors and nurses and everyone working away from home, including all those serving in the forces who couldn’t be with their loved ones.

I hope that everyone in Staffordshire Moorlands had a very happy and peaceful Easter weekend.