Although Parliament is in recess we aren’t seeing the “national politics free-zone” that we would normally enjoy during the summer holiday season. The tumultuous events that unfolded in Westminster has transitioned into a hotly contested race to be Conservative Party Leader and our country’s next Prime Minister. As already reported by this newspaper I am supporting fellow Norfolk MP Liz Truss to lead our nation and provide the strong leadership we need as we recover from the pandemic and deal with global economic challenges.
I continue to deal with the day-to-day casework and local issues that come to my attention. The recess gives me an opportunity to visit various organisations, meet with key people, and pop into events whilst I am out and about. It was a delight to visit the Gorleston Clifftop Festival over the weekend. It’s unsurprising after two summers of restrictions that this was one of the biggest festivals in recent years. It takes a huge effort to organise an event like this and all those involved behind the scenes should be congratulated on such a successful event. To see so many people out and about enjoying everything on offer was a fantastic feeling.
I know that families from near and far will also enjoy the new Marina Centre. I am looking forward to seeing the finished facility at the opening event. We should be proud that Great Yarmouth has a new attraction that isn’t just for visitors but can be used by everyone within our community. Building projects like this are always a challenge. Without the determination of Carl Smith and his fellow councillors we would not see this beacon of massive multi-million-pound investment in our area at all.
That government investment includes plans for a new James Paget Hospital. Whilst that project is only in its early stages I received an update during a meeting with Jo Segasby the new hospital chief. And we discussed an issue that concerns many constituents – the impact of social care system delays on patient discharge. I’ve taken up that issue, and other NHS matters, with Health Ministers and will update you in the months ahead.