It has been a busy couple of weeks since I last wrote. Internationally I visited Baghdad, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Riyadh, Tel Aviv and Dubai as part of an extended visit to understand Middle Eastern politics and assess Britain’s Military contribution to the region for an important Defence Committee report, due out after Easter.
My visit was an immense privilege but as always my heart was in Plymouth. Locally we have been working really hard on some key areas of late. We have been approached by another Veteran’s Group in town to partner them in an employment fair in May – of course I was only too happy to oblige.
I was invited to be part of a focus group with the Home Secretary, Teresa May, on the new Police and Crime bill; specifically in relation to the brilliant work done here in Plymouth in ensuring mental health sufferers in our communities are never kept in custody.
Finally we’ve been working towards the really important local elections in Plymouth in May. I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to change what being a member of a local conservative association really means. We held an annual dinner on Friday 5th March attended by so many, which included a fascinating speech from Ann Widdecombe. We have some new and quite brilliant candidates for every ward in Plymouth in May’s elections. We really are building a brighter future here in Plymouth for all of us.
This week, Johnny also:
- Visited phase 5 of the Plymouth Science Park Build – new build; new employment, all designed and built by local firms. Great stuff.
- Spent saturday out with Plymouth Dartmoor Search and Rescue. These volunteers keep everybody safe on the moor; they are the best of us and it was a privilege to spend time with them.