Following the election, I’m delighted to be back writing my regular MP column, and I hope that residents have had the chance to enjoy the summer break.
I’ve got a busy few months coming up, with two of my big community events returning for the second consecutive year, which I’m encouraging residents to get behind.
Firstly, my Older Persons Information Fair will be back at the Hayling Island Community Centre on Friday 13 October. Last year we had more than 1,000 people come to the event, which attracted a wide range of different exhibitors including businesses, government agencies, community groups and charities that work with or serve older people.
The event is open to everyone, including the friends, family, neighbours and carers of older people. Admission and parking are free.
Secondly, nominations are still open for my Small Business Awards. Whether it is your favourite cafe, pub or restaurant, tradesman who has gone the extra mile, or a local business leader or apprentice who has inspired you, please visit alanmak.org.uk/nominate for more information.
In Parliament, following the general election and reshuffle, I’ve been appointed to a new position, as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ministry of Justice led by the new Secretary of State for Justice David Lidington. Working for the constituency will remain my priority in Westminster, but I now have some additional duties acting as a link between backbench MPs and the Government as legislation is formulated.
I’ll be involved in the process of introducing new laws that transfer sovereignty back from Brussels after we leave the European Union. Aside from Brexit, the Ministry of Justice is also leading reforms in other areas announced in the Queen’s Speech, including a new law on domestic violence, changes to the courts to make them more accessible and a crackdown on fraudulent whiplash claims which drive up everyone’s car insurance premiums.