December News 2018

News from Westminster


This year, as for the past few years, I have held a Christmas card design competition for local schools. All the school in the constituency are invited to submit their designs, and then the best are chosen by a local artist. These are then made into my Christmas cards that are sent all across the constituency to charities, libraries, business and organisations. Look out for them!


One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is when I get the chance to visit schools in the constituency, or speak to them when they visit Parliament. I was delighted that my office were able to arrange for one of our local schools, Bearwood School, to not only visit the Houses of Parliament, but also go into Downing Street and stand by the famous door of Number 10.


Parliament has been very eventful recently, but I have also been continuing with my constituency visits and surgeries. In Westminster I recently attended a Wildlife Trust reception and met young people from across the country involved in local wildlife trusts to hear their views about the natural environment. I was also pleased to be part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project. This is a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. I was given 5 trees to be planted in the constituency - two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel which will be planted in the constituency.


Many people have written to me about the availability of diabetes glucose monitoring so that they no longer have to prick their finger multiple times a day. I was really pleased by the recent government announcement that Flash monitors will now be funded so that they are available for everyone who is eligible. This will make life for people with type 1 diabetes much easier.


However you are celebrating, whether with friends or family, I wish you all a happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.


I will be continuing my regular surgeries around the constituency; please do get in touch if you would like to meet or need my help with any particular issue. You can email me on or contact my office on 01202 624216. You can also follow what I’ve been doing on Twitter @Michael4MDNP or Facebook