Just before the Parliamentary recess, I took part in a Q & A session at Wareham library organised by the Friends. One of the questions was about where I can get information on an issue with which I might be unfamiliar. We are incredibly lucky in Parliament that we have the House of Commons library. They provide independent research and impartial information for all Members of Parliament. It is an independent service, using national data. They provide MPs with research and information briefings, and insights into a wide range of topics. Most of what is published is also available for the public on their website https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/
People sometimes ask me why I don’t publish more videos and photographs from inside the Houses of Parliament. There are very strict rules about where we allowed to take pictures and videos, which can prove disappointing to visitors! We are not allowed to take photos or film inside the Commons chamber itself – though it is broadcast on the parliament channel and online for anyone to watch. There are also restrictions in other parts of the Parliamentary estate, but if you want to see inside Parliament from the comfort of your own sofa, there is a virtual tour on the website https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/virtualtour/ If you would like a more personal experience, please do get in touch with my office for information about tours and visits.
Over the summer I have had some time off with my family, but I also took the opportunity to visit businesses and charities across the constituency. You can follow what I have been doing on my website, Twitter @Michael4mdnp or Facebook www.facebook.com/michael4MDNP
Of course, one of the most important aspects of my work cannot be shared in this way. When constituents contact me about personal issues – ranging from child maintenance, health and social care, school applications, rogue traders, problems with utility companies, and many more, these must be kept confidential. My team and I work hard to solve frustrating issues. This might be by raising a matter with Ministerial colleagues to look at a possible change to the law, or by working with other organisations to review a case and check that everything possible has been done. I can’t always promise success – sadly MPs cannot wave a magic wand! My brilliant team and I are always willing to try and help so do let me know if you need help. It is useful to have information about your concerns in writing, and copies of any relevant correspondence which can help us to work out how we can help you.