It’s great to be back in the constituency for the summer recess break. As well as enjoying the various fetes and festivals it gives me the opportunity to meet many people and visit some of our local organisations and businesses.
Public speaking is nerve wracking at the best of times. Add the environment of the House of Commons and the fact it is televised and archived for a very long time, makes the whole experience of the Maiden Speech quite terrifying!
Firstly, I would like to thank all residents in the Chichester constituency who voted for me. It is a huge honour to be elected as your MP and I look forward to serving everybody to the best of my ability.
The continuing war in Syria, instability in Libya, major terrorist attacks in many countries, and the UK's changing relationship with the European Union were the backdrop for this year's Hammamet conference.