Article for MyLocal News

30th June 2017

There is much I could cover since my last article.  At that point, we were in the middle of a General Election campaign and, as it turned out, things didn’t go quite to plan for my Party.

I am, however, delighted to have been re-elected as the MP for South West Hertfordshire with an increased share of the vote (albeit a slightly smaller majority).  I am very grateful to the 35,128 people who voted for me but it is a privilege to serve all of my constituents.

Obviously, I am disappointed the Conservative Party didn’t get the majority we sought.  I was sitting in a studio at LBC when the exit poll was announced and had to give an almost instantaneous reaction and then stay on the radio panel for the next hour.  Not the easiest job I have ever had.

It soon became clear that the only possible outcome given the result was a Conservative minority administration (preferably with support from one of the smaller parties).  On the Sunday afternoon following the election, I was asked to go to 10 Downing Street to meet with the Prime Minister.  She asked me to become Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.  It is a great honour to be entrusted with this position and I am getting to grips with my new responsibilities.  I will say more in a future column.

On a sadder note, my last column was submitted before it was announced that Ann Shaw had died.  Although we were of different parties I had always got on extremely well with her.  At a personal level, she was always thoughtful and considerate to me and my family.  But, above all, she was a dedicated public servant to people in Three Rivers.  She will be greatly missed.


David holds regular surgeries at various places in the constituency, including Rickmansworth, South Oxhey, Berkhamsted and Tring. 

Call 01923 771781 to make an appointment.

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