THE PAST week has been a time for new ideas and fresh leadership locally and nationally.
Monday in Westminster was a dramatic day, with Andrea Leadsom withdrawing from the race to be next Conservative Party leader, meaning home secretary Theresa May has become prime minister. I backed Theresa May as soon as she launched her campaign.
She provides the strong, experienced leadership – and stability – Britain needs after a tumultuous few weeks.
Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery spoke at Havant last week. He was one of Theresa’s campaign managers and a government whip in charge of discipline in the House of Commons. He gave a fascinating insight into his work as an MP and a senior figure in the Commons.
There have also been new beginnings closer to home. At Hayling Island, Pepperelli’s is famous for its ice-cream. Last Friday I helped owner Tonia and the team open their new Wine Lounge, an exciting new addition to Eastoke Corner. Having worked in my own family’s business, I know how much work goes into getting a new venture off the ground.
Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club’s barbecue on Sunday night was a wonderful community event, with Tim Pike and his family doing a marvellous job of making Northney Farm a welcoming venue for hundreds of residents.
Supporting schools and students is one my top priorities, so I was delighted to host a meeting with headteachers and Google at Havant College to discuss ideas for using technology to help students.
Most of last week was spent working on the Finance Bill Committee, passing the Chancellor’s Budget clause by clause. This is the bread and butter work of an MP in Parliament, often not covered by TV cameras but very important for the country.
I held my first surgery last week since the murder of Jo Cox. Thanks to Hampshire police for their advice and support. My next one is on August 12 from 10am until 11.30am at the Ship Inn, Langstone. No appointment needed.