My aim is to make local democracy accessible

Last week local people bestowed upon me the greatest honour possible. I am delighted to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the Chippenham constituency. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and placed their faith in me – I will not let you down.

My team were fantastic and I thank everyone who helped me – we should be proud of the positive campaign that we ran. This election saw a record level of young voters vote and I was delighted to have so many young people involved locally with my campaign. We must do more to engage young people on a local and national level because policies made and implemented today will shape their tomorrow.

For the last two years I have worked hard for you – working on my local plan, trying to be accessible and approachable and standing up for our area and local people in Parliament.

I have stood up for our schools and pushed for more funding because I do believe every child deserves a good start in life and an excellent education. I have helped forge a Corsham Town Team and made considerable progress on Corsham station – there is a long way to go which I can now crack on with.

One of my proudest achievements was organising the first ever Wiltshire Festival of Engineering to tackle the local skills gap and highlight the wonderful local jobs available to our young.

My pledge now is to stand up for all local people (no matter who they voted for) and continue to be a strong local champion for our area.

I will continue to visit local schools and run democracy workshops, work with and support local businesses and charities, hold regular advice surgeries and attend as many local events as I can.

Whilst in Parliament I will be pushing the issues that matter to us and will impact on daily lives in Wiltshire. I will also be planning a series of meet your local MP events and pop-ins. I will retain my high-street shop and plan to make local democracy as accessible as possible.

The national result was not what I hoped for but the time now is to get on with it and provide governance for our country. Whether you voted leave or remain (like me) we need to ensure that Brexit is a success for our country whilst also tackling important domestic issues, including fighting terrorism.

I am resuming my weekly surgeries so if you need an appointment please email michelle.donelan.mp@parliament.uk or call 01249 704465 or write to Michelle Donelan MP, 61 New Road, Chippenham, SN15 1ES.

Michelle Donelan’s column in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald [16 June 17]