30th January 2012
On Friday George held another of his Supermarket Surgeries at the Dereham Morrisons, getting great feedback from people saying ‘its nice to see our MP out and about when there ISN’T an election’.
Speaking about the event George said:
“An MP’s first duty is to their constituency. Its important for MPs to be out and about and accessible, and not just at election times. Several people commented yesterday that it was nice to see their MP out and about and available when there isn’t an election on.
Particular issues raised included the closure of Chambers and other local stores, the impact of Parking charges, and support for my comments on BBC Radio 5 live on the ‘cosy’ and unaccountable Bankers Bonus culture, and the need to reward risk and success not failure.
These informal ‘Supermarket Surgeries’ and ‘Farmers Market Surgeries’, and the ‘pint with your MP’ evenings in local pubs, are working really well. The informal settings mean I get to meet with lots of people who wouldn’t otherwise arrange an MP meeting and means I can get a much broader insight into constituents concerns.”