Last week was the first official engagement in Parliament after the election.
On Monday we re-elected the House of Commons speaker John Bercow MP. The appointment of speaker is essential prior to any debate taking place in the House and it is on instruction from Her Majesty the Queen that a speaker is appointed.
After the speaker’s inauguration the swearing in of members can commence.
Members of Parliament must swear or affirm an oath to the Queen at the beginning of each Parliamentary term to confirm their place in the House of Commons and allow them to take part in debates and votes. I was honoured to swear my oath of allegiance on Tuesday and officially become the Member of Parliament for Morecambe and Lunesdale for a second term.
Back in the constituency I opened a new shop in the West End of Morecambe called Keyla, which sells baby items.
It is always fantastic to open new shops and to see people starting businesses in the constituency. As the self-employment ambassador to the Government I can see that the sector makes a huge impact to the UK economy as a whole and I wish Andrew and Shirley all the best in their new venture.
On Friday afternoon I was at Lancaster Town Hall to see the new Mayor John Barry be sworn in. I wish Cllr Barry all the best for his mayoral year and was particularly pleased to hear that one of this years charities would be St John’s Hospice.
On Saturday evening I attended the 18th birthday celebrations of Mateo Sanderson, who is the Shrimps’ number one fan.
Mateo raises lots of money for Charity especially Children in Need. I will be attending his fun walk on Sunday, September 27 at 10am starting at the Midland, in aid of Highfurlong School and Children in Need.
I hope lots of you can also come and support such great causes.
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