I AM thrilled to be writing my first column for the Solihull Observer and look forward to writing many more.
It is a great opportunity for me to update you on what I have been doing and on important issues that affect you. As well as the fast-paced and sometimes dramatic events in Westminster, there is also a great deal happening locally at the moment.
Last week I welcomed the news that there has been progress in reopening the Minor Injuries Unit at Solihull Hospital.
The closure of the MIU had put pressure on GP services and also meant access to health services was harder for vulnerable patients.
Over the last two years, I have been campaigning to get better healthcare for everyone that I represent. I know many of my constituents contact me about getting appointments with GPs.
Reopening the MIU is the first step in getting more GP appointments.
I have also long been campaigning to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime across my constituency.
Despite the government increasing policing numbers and allocating further resources to West Midlands Police I have been dismayed that the Labour Police and Crime Commissioner has not committed to keeping Solihull Police Station open while also reopening a front desk at Chelmsley Wood Police Station.
I continue to meet with HS2 Ltd to advocate on behalf of constituents who I believe have not been treated very fairly since the project began. I will continue to fight for my constituents and hold HS2 to account.
To do my job effectively and to be a voice for my constituents I host frequent constituent surgeries which can be held virtually or at my office or at external locations.
In addition, for the dynamic and strong business community that I have across my constituency, I also hold a regular business club for people who live and work in the Meriden constituency and welcome new members.
If you are interested in attending one of our meetings or if you have a problem or issue you would like to discuss with me then please do not hesitate to contact my office so that we can arrange an appointment.