New Parliament

The process of assembling the new Parliament is now well underway. The first step is for the newly elected MP’s to assemble and decide on who will be the Speaker of the House. Whilst this is happening the proceedings of the House are chaired by the longest serving member referred to as the ‘Father of the House’ In this Parliament this honour falls to Sir Gerald Kaufman the MP for Manchester Gorton. AS expected the existing Speaker the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP was re-elected as Speaker without any other Candidates being considered. My view is that this was the right thing to do. Mr Speaker was only elected days ago with the words The Speaker at the side of his name and it seems to me entirely right and proper that he should continue in that role. In his brief speech indicating his willingness to be re-elected Mr Speaker made it clear that he wanted to continue to be a champion of the backbenchers and for that I am sure all backbenchers on both sides of the Chamber will be grateful.
Today, the process of every MP taking an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen gets underway and is going to continue for the next couple of days as a Member is not permitted to take part in proceedings or vote unless they have taken the Oath of Allegiance.

Thank you

Thank you to all those who supported me and the Conservatives on Thursday. 900 more than five years ago, The results elsewhere mean that for the first time since 1992 there will be a majority Conservative Government. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring the Country lives within its means, increase opportunity, reduce tax and give Bury North residents their say on our membership of the European Union in a referendum.

Polling Day Today

After weeks of campaigning we have finally reached polling day. The voters chance to have their say.
There is a real choice at this election: Do we stay on the road to recovery with the Conservatives or do we go back to the Party that left the Country with a huge economic problem in 2010. Over the last five years the Conservative coalition has had to make difficult decisions to put the Country on the road to recovery and it is paying off. Two million more in work across the Country and hundreds more in work here in Bury with the security of a regular pay packet. A million more children being taught in good or outstanding schools. Here in Bury new buildings already up at Bury College and at Holy Cross and a brand new school on the way at Elton.
It is a choice between competence with the Conservatives or potential chaos with Labour /SNP. David Cameron as Prime Minister or Ed Miliband.