FLICK Drummond spoke of her pride in Portsmouth and the city’s rising education standards during her first speech in parliament.
The newly-elected MP for Portsmouth South vowed to be a ‘fierce defender’ of constituents’ interests.
I am determined that our education system will give every child the opportunities that they deserve, and be a beacon in the country.Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond
And she wants education in the city to be a ‘shining beacon’ to the rest of the country – praising Charter Academy for its ongoing success.
Tribute was also paid to former Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock, who was described as having ‘sartorial elegance’.
Speaking to MPs during a Commons debate yesterday, Mrs Drummond said: ‘I am very grateful to the people of Portsmouth for adopting me over the last eight years that I have lived here. I will be a fierce defender of their interests, putting them first.’
On education, Mrs Drummond said: ‘I am a proud governor of a rapidly improving school, Milton Park Primary, which includes a provision for children with autism who are integrated into the mainstream school, and we welcome children with disabilities.
‘I am determined that our education system will give every child the opportunities that they deserve, and be a beacon in the country.’
In her wide-ranging address, Mrs Drummond pledged her support for the Royal Navy and said she would work hard to ensure there were enough warships ‘to defend our shores and interests around the world’.
Speaking fondly of Portsmouth, Mrs Drummond told MPs: ‘It is a city of great contrast.
‘Rich and poor live side-by-side, making it a compassionate city with a caring community helping each other.’ Mrs Drummond spoke highly of the city’s assets, including its football club, Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard and its attractions like the Mary Rose Museum.
But she highlighted the need for more investment, saying Portsmouth was a city ‘worth investing in’.
She drew a few smiles after boasting she could cycle the length of Portsmouth South in ‘fifteen minutes’.
Mrs Drummond concluded by talking of her background, saying she was born in Yemen while her father was in the army.
He was then recruited by the intelligence services. ‘I know that they need the resources to continue that good work, and I will be supporting legislation that enables them to do it effectively,’ she said.