Cliff Richard opted for a grand tour of Europe on a double-decker bus for his summer holiday, but I went with something a little smaller for my summer bus tour of the constituency. After several successful and enjoyable days, I thought I would give a flavour of how it works, as well as why I am undertaking the tour.
Too often, the Great Yarmouth constituency is thought of as just being the town itself. In fact, the consistency is much larger, including the great towns of Caister and Gorleston, as well as a swathe of rural villages. With such a diverse area, I hold surgeries in different parts of the constituency throughout the year. However, the summer recess in Westminster is the perfect opportunity to explore areas outside the town, giving local residents and opportunity to pop along for a chat with their Member of Parliament.
Normal surgery appointments tend to attract people who have a specific issue requiring help. Many people wish to ask a general question about an issue or a policy, but don’t want to come along to a formal surgery. If their MP is sitting on a bus in the local pub car park or at the end of their road, it’s much easier to pop along and have a chat. We make a point of parking in a prominent part of the village or town. I am joined by two of my case workers, who are there to take notes and to ensure everyone who comes to visit will get to see someone if they have a specific issue. What I find most enjoyable is the chance to just have a relaxed chat with people.
There’s one last tour date on Monday 20th August, as we visit the Caister, Fleggburgh and Ormesby areas – why not pop along if you are free? If you cannot make it please remember you can contact me by phone, email, post or directly through the website and I can get to work on helping with your issue or answering your question.