They say a week is a long time in politics but within the last month I am sure we have all had enough politics to last us a year!
It would be impossible for me to write this Newsletter without referring to the recent EU Referendum. I received an unprecedented amount of correspondence following the vote from mostly, (though not by any means all) disappointed and worried constituents. As I was unable to reply individually to every email, I held public meetings in Cambourne and Duxford instead, so thank you to everyone who came along. Videos of the meetings and information regarding constitutional issues and policy areas are on my website (here) for those who could not attend.
Since the result, I have held further meetings with representatives from our Councils, academic, science, health and agricultural sectors. Whilst we do not yet have an outline of the terms of negotiation, I am sure they will start to emerge when the House returns after Summer recess in September. I will continue to listen to the needs of all sectors and ensure the needs of South Cambridgeshire are at the heart of the Cabinet’s negotiations.
Onto the more light hearted duties of your constituency MP, I was delighted to be invited to pull the first pint at the Shelford Feast. The event was part of a week-long series of fundraising events and not only did they raise an incredible amount of money (I believe they are still counting!) I managed to remember how to pull a pint!
Just ahead of breaking for the Summer holidays, I was able to visit three more schools in Stapleford, Trumpington and Guilden Morden (I am slowly getting around, please bear with me if I haven’t visited your school yet!) The hard work and commitment of teachers, parents and governors is always plain for me to see so I was absolutely devastated when our new Secretary of State Justine Greening announced that the Department for Education would delay the introduction of the new Fairer Funding Formula for another year. Although Justine was very clear that no local authority would receive less funding than the top up amount we had received this year, I have asked officers at the County Council to digest what this will mean for us in real terms. I want to assure you that I am supporting our schools 100% on this and am seeking to meet with her as soon as possible.
As always, I am holding drop-in surgeries, the next one in Gamlingay on 13 August and Queen Edith’s on 3 September. Please see my website for details www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk/residents-drop-surgeries or get in touch with my office if there is anything I can help with. Phone 01954 212707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org