It’s been two months since my last newsletter and in that time I’m honoured and so pleased to have been voted to remain as your Member of Parliament. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.
With the election over, I was delighted to get back to it with a visit to meet the pupils and Principal, Chris Tooley of Netherhall School in Queen Edith’s. The School has worked exceptionally hard to gain its recent ‘good’ rating by a local authority evaluation and during my visit I could see how passionate the pupils and teachers were about their school and their journey towards excellence. I don’t think I have ever been so impressed by the standard of art work adorning the walls in a school, truly worthy of being in a gallery. The visit concluded with a “Question time” style session with a group of very politically engaged and bright students. Just as I thought hustings season was over, these were tough questions! All schools are welcome to come for a tour of Parliament, so I hope these young people and hundreds more from across South Cambs will come down. You can find more information here www.parliament.uk/education/visit-parliament-with-your-school/.
In a swift move from secondary education to primary, I have also recently had the pleasure of setting off the Caldecote Primary School Fun Run, on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year! I was more than a little relieved to be given ‘opening’ rather than ‘running’ duties and was full of admiration for those who managed to complete the course, raising vital funds in the process. How the parents and teachers completed a 3K, never mind a 10K or the half marathon in that heat is staggering! Thank you to Karen Stanton, the Head Teacher for inviting me and not making me run! The Fun Run raised over £1400 which will be used to buy some much needed education sports resources for the school.
I’m getting closer to my target of having visited every school in the constituency; if I haven’t reached yours yet please contact my office to check that a visit is on the cards. I love meeting our young learners and gain a great deal from speaking to the professionals involved in their care and education. The visits always strengthen my resolve to secure fair funding for our schools. I deliberately try to keep these newsletters apolitical, but please let me say, that particular battle is not yet over.
As we look into the months and years ahead, many of my priorities will remain the same. I intend to continue leading on key infrastructure projects for our constituency, including the Foxton Level Crossing, A505 upgrade (M11 to A11), A428 improvements, Oxford to Cambridge rail and a train station at Addenbrooke’s. I want to work closely with local communities and our new Mayor to see what improvements might be possible to improve local transport, focusing not just on new areas of development such as Cambourne, but also connecting our rural and often isolated villages.
I’ll work in partnership with councils and housing associations to deliver more affordable housing for local people and families as we need this urgently. We have to be smart about identifying little scraps of land where we can build an affordable home or two, because every home matters for those who are currently priced out of the market.
But we also have a new challenge, and that is to ensure the needs of South Cambs are listened to by those at the Brexit negotiating table. We are a very important part of UK science, innovation, academia and agriculture so have a valuable role to play in ensuring Brexit is a success for all. We draw upon so many European and international talents in our constituency and need this recognised in the ultimate settlement.
Looking ahead to the Summer, I will be visiting local fêtes and fundraising events so if you see me struggling to choose a tombola ticket, please come and say hi!
Finally, I’m in the process of planning my surgery dates and venues for the rest of the year, but please note the next two will be held in Girton on 1st July and Duxford on 29th July. Full details are on my website, under the surgery tab.
Further information and news stories can always be found on my website www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk and you can email me on email@example.com. As always, you can also phone my Westminster Office on 020 7219 5091 about national issues or my constituency office on 01954 212707 to raise local concerns.