We live in a Social Media age where a minority of people are very quick to criticise anyone or anything they have a grievance with, but we must not submerge ourselves too much into this world as the real world can often paint a much different picture. Take the Cancer Research shop in Sutton for example, which I visited last week. The shop manager Lucy introduced me to Eileen who has volunteered at the shop since losing her husband to cancer over ten years ago. Eileen helps the shop raise thousands of pounds a year to help fight a disease that has touched every family in the UK. Just a day later, I went to meet Jack Denby from Sutton who has been battling kidney disease all his life and will eventually need dialysis and then a kidney transplant. I met Jack on Sutton Lawn where he was about to set off on his latest leg in his 850-mile cycle challenge to raise money for Kidney Research. What an incredible young man Jack is, no whinging, no moaning just putting his own personal troubles to one side to help fight this disease.
Joanne Barfield and Lisa Angell have been working hard through the Pandemic with their Ashfield and Mansfield Support group making sure the most vulnerable members of our area get the support they need. I say let’s have some more people like Jack, Eileen, Joanne, and Lisa.
Like most MP’s each week I get a series of threats, vile messages, and rude emails. It does not bother me personally as it is a part of the job but that does not mean it is acceptable. I take them with a pinch of salt and some cases I am concerned about the state of mind of the people sending this stuff. But I will say this, if you have the time to mess about sending silly messages using fake profiles then please consider seeing a GP or volunteering somewhere. That way you would be doing something useful with your life rather than wasting your own time trying to upset people. If you are an online troll and need help, then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and use your correct contact details. I have some good contacts in the NHS.
I go back to Westminster in two weeks after returning briefly last week for the debate on Afghanistan. It was good to see my colleagues and got me thinking that we should probably spend more time in Parliament debating these important issues. Maybe I am missing something here and maybe some colleagues will not thank me, but I believe the summer break should be shorter. Don’t get me wrong I have enjoyed the summer recess visiting local business and knocking on doors throughout Ashfield and Eastwood, but we are living in testing times. paid a handsome wage and live a good life so personally I think we should have sat through the summer to catch up on the work delayed by the Pandemic. Nowt wrong with that.