I am delighted with the election result both personally where I secured the largest share of the vote I have ever received and nationally where we can finally put an end to the ongoing uncertainty.
So, thank you to everyone who voted for me.
We can now move on from the frustration and division that have dogged Parliament for the past few years us and finally leave the EU as directed by the people in the 2016 referendum.
It is now time to heal the divisions that have opened up and work to strengthen the Union of the four great parts of our country.
We have a busy year ahead, leaving the EU this month and then negotiating new trade deals with the EU and US in particular but also other parts of the world.
Also, in November, we are co-hosting with Italy the UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow. This was the first major economy to pass laws to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 and is internationally recognised as a leader in tackling climate change.
Locally, I will be working hard to secure more money to the already-promised £400 million for the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust. We need to make sure that the Trust doesn’t squander the money on refurbishing Watford General. We need a new hospital on a new site that is easily accessible for all the residents of Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans.
I am also already in conversation with the Transport Secretary about improving the local rail service. Commuters pay a huge amount for their annual pass and the new franchise has seen the service go from being essentially reliable to completely unreliable overnight. This has got to be put right and I am watching it closely.
Dacorum is served by two MPs in Westminster and it was great to meet up with the new MP for the South West Hertfordshire constituency, Gagan Mohindra, when he first arrived in Parliament.
Photo: Sir Mike Penning MP and Gagan Mohindra MP in Westminster Hall
Published on: January 7, 2020