Claire Perry, MP for Devizes - Government is willing to take on challenges ahead (From This Is Wiltshire)
Claire Perry, MP for Devizes - Government is willing to take on challenges ahead
12:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Latest News
Above all, the Conservative party conference this year was about confidence. Confidence that the economy is turning around.
Confidence that our welfare reforms, which support those most in need but make work economically desirable, are on the right track.
Confidence that Britain has a bright future ahead and that we are not going to retreat from the challenges of the 21st century.
And confidence that the government is willing to take on the challenges ahead.
My personal conference agenda consisted of speaking at several fringe events on the topics of childcare and online safety, attending many more and realising the huge breadth and depth of intellectual energy that exists across the party. I enjoyed a Chinese buffet with the lively group of delegates from the Devizes constituency who came to Manchester and enjoying discussions with conference exhibitors including on the Parkinson’s UK stand where it was fantastic to join Jo Collinge from Pewsey to discuss the local challenges of living with the disease.
I also took part in the golfing challenge on the Guide Dogs UK stand designed to illustrate the problems caused by street clutter for blind and partially sighted people where my low score reflects my lack of time to practise this or most other sports!
Charlie, the burly retired black Labrador guide dog slept through much of the excitement, occasionally being roused to stand up for a photo call. Other meetings with the teaching unions, Save the Children, the NSPCC, the Falkland Islands’ governor and various business groups made for a packed agenda.
Before leaving for Manchester, I joined staff at Thomas Free & Sons for their Macmillan coffee morning and chaired another public health meeting in Marlborough.
We heard of the plans to put more services back into Savernake Hospital, proposals to improve response times from the ambulance service and the growing co-operation between GPs and hospital doctors which seem to be driving up patient care, especially in mental health services and in providing help for elderly patients.
I am looking forward to the final forum, today, at 6.30pm, at Devizes School.
I am also looking forward to one of the highlights of my MP year this Saturday – helping to open the Marlborough Mop. The annual photo of me with the mayor, both of us smiling grimly on a fairground ride, is a must for my photo album.
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