David's House Notes

1st May 2018

It has been a particularly eventful few weeks as a cabinet minister, departmental secretary of state and Member of Parliament. This is not the place to try to cover each and every complex issue that I have had to deal with in recent weeks but it has been a period of time that underlines the fact that this is not the career to have if you want a quiet life.

There have been a couple of instances where my ministerial and constituency duties have overlapped. 

As Justice Secretary, I have responsibility for the prisons in England and Wales.  Within South West Hertfordshire, we have a Category C prison in HMP The Mount at Bovingdon.  It is a prison I have visited a number of times in the past, even spending a night there (raising money for charity, in case you asked), but I took the chance to return recently.

The Mount faced a number of significant difficulties last year, although things seemed to have improved recently.  It was a particular pleasure to meet some of the volunteers who provide support to inmates settling in to new surroundings. 

On the subject of volunteers, it was also a great to visit Three Rivers CAB.  I had a great deal to do with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau when I was at Work & Pensions and I have long been impressed by the work that is done at a national and local level.

We had a good and forthright meeting on a range of topics – some to do with my old department, some to do with my new department. 

Both visits highlighted how fortunate we are that within the area we have so many people with great expertise willing to give up their time to help others.



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