Stewart Jackson: What do I do? Quite a lot, in fact

Stewart Jackson MP's Westminster Life column in the Peterborough Telegraph -
Stewart Jackson MP's Westminster Life column in the Peterborough Telegraph -
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People always ask me what an MP does - whether at a school Q&A, talking to a student on work experience in my office or chatting to constituents on the doorstep.

The quick answer is it’s two-fold – working in Parliament as a legislator and in Peterborough. At times it is challenging to be in two places at once!

In Westminster, I do anything from meetings with charities to raising issues affecting my constituents (like noise from the A47), attending debates and most importantly voting on new legislation.

This week in Parliament, I had a debate on getting the best support for our local schools with more appropriate funding for students with English as an additional language.

I’ve also asked written questions of Ministers as well as dealing with a hundreds of constituents’ letters, emails and calls.

I am also proud to have been re-elected to the influential Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises Government spending, everything from Google and Amazon’s tax affairs to Peterborough City Hospital’s finances.

In Peterborough, I hold regular surgeries, where local people can come along to discuss any matters that concern them. I have meetings, attend functions, talk on local radio and TV, visit schools and businesses. I also take my daughter to school!

I do try to meet as many people as possible to ensure I hear your views so that I can fight our corner in Parliament. This week I’ve met various city council officers, the incoming principal at the regional college and charity representatives.

There are quite a few things people probably wouldn’t know. I’m a commuter, I get the train into London every day from Peterborough when there are debates but the House of Commons can often have debates and votes which go on until late at night, in fact this Monday it was 10.30pm. It makes for a late train home!

Did you know I can also arrange for my constituents to have a tour of Parliament or Big Ben? In fact, I have given quite a few personally in the last 10 years!

The best part of my job is all of the interesting people I get to meet and I feel very lucky to be Peterborough’s MP - I’m proud to represent you in Parliament.

If you want to contact me about any issue or to arrange a visit, here are my details –

Stewart Jackson MP

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

0207 219 5046 or 01733 891080