David’s House Notes

1st September 2018

By the time you read this, the summer Parliamentary recess is probably over.  As I have mentioned a few times before (perhaps a little defensively), ‘recess’ for a Member of Parliamentary does not equal ‘holiday’.  The constituency correspondence continues, as do constituency engagements like constituency surgeries.  Over the course of this recess, I will have held surgeries in Rickmansworth, South Oxhey, Berkhamsted and Tring.

The Ministerial work doesn’t stop either.  So I have continued to have meetings in the Ministry of Justice, not to mention the red boxes done from home.  The absence of Parliamentary votes has meant greater freedom to undertake Ministerial visits which, in my case, has meant visits to a number of prisons, probation approved premises, women’s centres, courts and the Office of the Public Guardian in Birmingham.

But it would be fair to say that the pace of activity does slow down.  There’s a chance for a family holiday and visits to friends and family plus the opportunity for a bit of reading.

With a bit of luck, batteries can be recharged for the autumn.  The likelihood is that the rest of the year is going to be very busy. 

In addition to the usual activities, Brexit is also likely to prove to be time-consuming.  Our best interests would be served by reaching a deal with the EU and the next few months will be the key period for the negotiation.  It will require a clear understanding of our priorities and a sensible and pragmatic approach to focus on them.

We also need to prepare for every eventuality – including us not being able to reach a deal.  This would undoubtedly be a testing environment in many ways.


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