Parliament is in Recess at the moment for the Party Conference season, and I am making the most of not having to spend four days a week in London by catching up on many visits and meetings in the constituency.
September’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month saw several constituents get in touch about how their lives have been affected by blood cancer, and asking for me to encourage more people to register as stem cell donors.
The new school year has begun, and there’s good news for the teaching profession. There are now 11,900 more teachers in our classrooms than in 2010 - with increasing numbers returning to the profession.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Brentwood Foodbank based at Doddinghurst Community Church. It was instantly apparent that Minister Jem Trehern and his brilliant team are doing amazing work.
One of the great joys of my job is being able to spend time with those who make major contributions to our local community. The other week I had the privilege of spending time with two excellent paramedics and their ambulance.