When I’m not in Westminster, I spend most of my time in the Central and New Cross Area of Sutton and I am utterly ashamed of parts of the area which have been neglected and ignored for years. This has led to poor housing, unscrupulous landlords buying up cheap properties to turn in to houses of multiple occupancy, and to be entirely honest the area has been promised much but received very little from local politicians. I was out last Friday again with Inspector Mark Dickson talking to local business owners about the challenges they face every day. I have made it clear to the Police that I want to see more CCTV, more patrols and the idiots that cannot live by our rules taken away and sent to a place that has different rules. That place is prison. Now I got in hot water by the press before the election for suggesting that criminals who are a constant menace in our area should be sent to work in the fields picking vegetables and doing an honest day’s graft for an honest day’s pay. Imagine that? Having to work for a living, live by our rules and not be a menace to society. Fast forward 18 months and I was delighted to see the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister announce a scheme that will see nuisances made to take part in community work in high visibility clothing to pay back a debt to society, and so they should. Most decent folk are fed up with the tiny minority who create most of the problems and are a drain on the public purse as the only thing they every contribute is extra work for our police, councils, and local businesses.
I have said it before that I will continue to press the police and ADC to sort these problems out and I sometimes feel like I am talking about the same thing over and over. You know what? I am. Next week I will be visiting the Welfare Park in Huthwaite with the Inspector due to an increase in loutish behaviour and the week after I will be on the Coxmoor Estate in Kirkby. If you are concerned about crime or anti-social behaviour in your area, then please let me know on email@example.com and I will be round to chat with you and your neighbours.
It was my pleasure to be the guest speaker at a Business Lunch hosted by Ben Bradley MP last week in Mansfield where local business leaders came together to listen to my story of how I became an MP. We then chatted about the challenges and opportunities that have arisen from Brexit and the Pandemic. The main challenge for some employers is recruitment. I am not a businessman but as a politician I see that as an opportunity; our prisons are full of people who could do entry level jobs. Let’s put them to work, that would be a good start.