Phillip Lee MP: Q & A sessions allow me to connect with constituentsBy Dr Phillip Lee MP
July 12, 2012
Last week, on July 5, I held a public question and answer session at Finchampstead Memorial Hall, The Village.
The event was the fourth in a series of quarterly meetings which rotate around the constituency, giving my constituents the opportunity to participate in political debates and to ask me any questions they want answered.
The event was a great success and was attended by over 100 people, which is the largest turnout to one of my public meetings so far.
The debate covered topics such as redefining marriage, Europe, tax policy, energy and climate change and immigration. There was also a good discussion concerning the recent publication of my Vision for a Sustainable Healthcare Plan for the Thames Valley.
It was interesting to engage with my constituents on the issues that matter to them and I would like to thank everyone for attending.
I think question and answer sessions are the most effective way to encourage political discussion within the constituency and allow me to better understand the opinions of those I represent.
Whilst many topics were discussed, the focus of the evening was largely upon broadband as Peter Cowen, the partnership director from BT for the South East, was in attendance.
During the evening Mr Cowen discussed the broadband issues many of my constituents are facing and the progress of the Eversley Exchange.
I’m sure it was useful for many of my constituents to have the opportunity to raise their concerns with BT, as I can fully appreciate the frustration of those who have encountered ongoing problems.
However, If you are still experiencing problems with your broadband capabilities and were unable to attend the event or talk to Mr Cowen personally, please contact me with details and be sure to include your postcode. I will then personally ensure BT are aware of these issues.
Question and answer sessions are not the only way I have been connecting with my constituency.
Recently, I sent out my first online newsletter, which is a great way to keep my constituents informed of what I have been up to in both the constituency and Westminster. If you would like to sign up to my mailing list, please visit my website www.phillip-lee.com
Here you can also read my articles and press releases, learn more about my role as your Member of Parliament and access my social media pages.
As the MP for Bracknell, I really enjoy the opportunities I have to meet my constituents and I really appreciated so many of you attending on Thursday. I plan to hold the next meeting in September.