With Parliament in recess there is a popular misconception that MPs are on holiday. To counter this Richard Benyon is giving details of some of his activities over the weeks until Parliament returns in October.
"I think 80 days is too long for Parliament to be in recess but it has given me the opportunity to get around the constituency, to visit many organisations and individuals and to attend a great many events"
Activities in July and August include;
An all day visit to the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston.
A meeting to discuss the local economy with Barclays Bank
A meeting with Water Voice - the voice for Thames Water customers
A meeting to address concerns from low flying Police and Army Helicopters in the Downlands area.
Attending the Southby Allotments Open Day
Newbury Farmers Market
Meetings with Council Members and Officials
Attending a performance of the Newbury Young Stars production of "Summer Holiday"
Helping Newbury Show with their traffic management difficulties
Visiting Elm farm Research Centre, Hamstead Marshall
Visiting the Environment Agency to discuss the water shortage in the Thames Valley
- and many more
In addition, Richard's mailbag has not eased up. He has been representing constituents on a variety of issues every day. Frequently recurring issues are (not in order): The Child Support Agency, Tax Credits (particularly overpayment), Thames Water, Housing matters, Planning (unlike his predecessor, Richard does get involved in planning matters), Licensing and Immigration. Richard is continuing to hold surgeries throughout the summer.
As a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee he is attending Parliament during the recess as the Committee will be sitting to interview the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke MP, The Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, Ian Blair and the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, among others.