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Getting away from the corruption and lies IN my last column I wrote about how politicians had come together across the House to mourn the killing of Sir David Amess. Sadly, we are now very much back to business as usual. In fact, we’ve seen politics at its worst, with the Government getting itself embroiled in a corruption scandal after its ill-fated attempt to scrap the Standards Committee, to defend disgraced former MP Owen Paterson, and the revelations about MPs with highly lucrative second jobs. So, it’s been good to have the chance to spend some time away from Westminster in Fishponds meeting with constituents. Many readers will be aware of problems with criminal and anti-social behaviour on and around Lodge Causeway, which is largely the result of drug and alcohol misuse. I invited the Police
and Crime Commissioner to meet with local business owners, along with the ward councillors, Craig Cheney and Ellie King, who did a great job explaining the issues at hand, and the local beat officers who told us how they have been responding to these challenges. Officers did say they’ve only had a few reports of anti-social behaviour in the area in recent months, when anecdotally we are aware of many more incidents than this, some of which are very serious. I’d encourage everyone who witnesses illegal activity to please report it to the police. You might not see immediate action, but it all helps the police to build a picture of where the anti-social behaviour hotspots are. During UK Parliament Week, I visited pupils at May Park Primary School. By chance it was November 5, and I explained to school pupils the history of
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Guy Fawkes Night and how our parliamentary democracy works. I also said why it is important to have a strong sense of public service and answered a wide range of questions, covering issues like climate change, the challenges of being involved in politics, and how I became an MP. I also visited Hillfields Community Garden, again with Cllr Ellie King. I was really impressed by what the volunteers have done to create the community garden, encouraging kids to discover the wonders of nature in their mini-explorers club, and giving adults somewhere to escape the pressures of everyday life. It was exciting to hear about future plans for the project, including planting an orchard in a ward that has fewer trees than almost anywhere else in the city. If you are aware of any local
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