Why I’m proud to be British

The last time I wrote my column was just before my wedding and I’m very happy to say that everything went well on the day! It’s been a hectic summer and I’m sure a lot of folk were gripped by the Olympics and now there’s the Paralympics, too. There seems to have been a real togetherness created by the Olympic spirit and it made me proud to be British.

Ashfield’s own Paralympic heroes, Ollie and Sam Hynd were chosen to represent Britain in the games and they both did brilliantly, bringing home silver and bronze respectively in the 400m freestyle swimming event. Congratulations lads, you are both true Ashfield champions and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say the whole of Ashfield was right behind you.

We do have so much to be proud of locally. I’ve been closely following the fantastic A-Level and GCSE results and I have been so impressed with the results that have been achieved in Ashfield this year. I’d like to say well done to all of our local students – you have done our area proud. Your achievement reflects years of hard work and dedication, from parents and teachers but most of all yourselves. I wish everyone the best of luck.

I’m sure our future is in capable hands with such a remarkable group of young people!

From time to time students ask to spend a day or a week in my constituency office. They are hard working, bright and enthusiastic. Over the last couple of weeks 17-year-old Eloise Stevenson has helped me with key office tasks and she came with me to Kirkby to meet with owners and staff at furniture company, Julian Bowen Ltd. Thank you Eloise, you have been fantastic.

Finally, it’s so important that we always make sure our voices are heard and listened to by those in power. The deadline for the consultation on the Ashfield Health Village closes on Sunday 9th September so if you haven’t done so already make sure you let health bosses know what you think of their plans. Visit www.nottspct.nhs.uk or request a copy from my office, call 673329.