It’s been a packed month both at Westminster and in North Yorkshire! As the EU Withdrawal Bill returned to the House of Commons from the Lords this week, in my role as Government Chief Whip, I have been doing everything I can to guide the Bill through the Commons, and ensure that the UK leaves the EU in a smooth and orderly way.
Pleasingly, I have also had the chance to meet with a number of constituents in Westminster.
A number of groups from all parts of our area have come down to London for tours and events.
Some constituents were even fortunate enough to be attending Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace after I met with them!
I was particularly pleased to be able to welcome the 6th Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, based at Dishforth, to Parliament.
I so value their commitment and contribution to our area, and it was great to be able to thank them for their service and to show them round parts of the House of Commons.
Likewise, I have been delighted to welcome a number of younger constituents for work experience in my Westminster Office.
It is always very satisfying to be able to give constituents the opportunity to see and understand the place where I spend part of my week.
I was pleased also to be able to visit the whole stretch of the constituency this month. I had a very productive meeting with Craven District Council on fairer funding, the refurbishment of their homeless hostel and their Local Plan.
I am always grateful to be able to discuss how we can deliver the best services for our area, and I am pleased to have been able to have campaigned hard on fairer funding to ensure a better funding settlement for North Yorkshire and our local Borough and District councils.
I also held busy surgeries in both Skipton and Ripon, and fitted in a fantastic lunch event, last week, attended by my two MP predecessors John Watson and David Curry.
It is always a pleasure to see them both and it is great to discuss the joys and challenges of serving this very large and rural constituency.
Both former MPs set a wonderful example for me to follow when I became the MP eight years ago.
Finally, I was delighted to hear just this week that our very own Keith Tordoff, Chairman of the Nidderdale Chamber of Commerce and owner of Pateley Bridge’s Oldest Sweet Shop, had received an MBE.
This is testament to the wonderful work he has done in the area and for the community and it is fantastic that his commitment has been recognised.
As ever, I will be holding surgeries across the Skipton and Ripon area. For more details on these, please visit my website at www.juliansmith.org.uk or contact my office on 01756 795898.