As we come back to Westminster after the summer break, I will be taking on a new role. I have been appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Department for Transport, assisting the Ministerial team. I will be spending time in the Department, ensuring communication between Ministers and backbench MPs, including any concerns about transport across the country, as well as helping the Ministerial team prepare for questions and debates across Parliament. I am not a Minister, and the role of PPS is different, however this gives me the opportunity to ensure that the concerns of people across Hitchin and Harpenden are heard even more clearly, and I will use this opportunity to help all of my constituents.
Since entering Parliament, I have had some fantastic opportunities and experiences, and I see this as the next exciting step. I have been fortunate enough to sit on the Public Accounts Committee, which is an incredibly important role scrutinising public spending and ensuring the British taxpayers gets value for money. I have also visited Washington D.C. with the committee, as well as a trip to China with Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, which was an eye-opening trip. As many of you will be aware, I have also been campaigning hard to get trains services for Harpenden station and Hitchin station sorted following the timetable changes in May. Nothing will change when it comes to how hard I work for you, and local issues remain my priority.
The summer break gave me the opportunity to spend so much more time in the constituency, which is incredibly valuable, and what being an MP is really about. I will continue to do this, including continuing my drop-in surgery tour of pubs around the villages, and look forward to discussing all kinds of issues with you.