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Whitsun recess

Letter from Westminster - 7 June 2004

Last week the House of Commons was not sitting, because of the Whitsun break, so I think I will tell you a bit about what I did instead.

Sunday began promisingly, with the exciting prospect of Bristol City securing promotion to the first division. Not to be, I returned disappointed along with thousands of local residents, from the Millennium Stadium. At least Monday was a Bank Holiday, so I could spend a quiet day at home.

Tuesday began with constituency paperwork, then up to London to catch a plane to Luxembourg for a meeting with European Finance Ministers on Wednesday. Back Wednesday night, ready for a busy Thursday in the constituency, starting with a meeting on tax credits with local advice centres. This was followed by an update on the city centre hospitals with the new UBHT Chief Executive, short lunch, campaigning in Hartcliffe, quick cup of tea at the Gatehouse Centre, and then on to a meeting of Highridge residents in the evening.

Friday was just as busy, with a three-hour surgery, campaign session in Knowle West, then home to work on constituency correspondence until mid-evening. On Saturday morning, it was back to Hartcliffe to talk to local residents.

Such a wide variety of issues have been raised with me over the past few days - from large-scale developments like the South Bristol Hospital and Symes Avenue, to road safety and the grass-cutting problems of late - I am sure I will be kept busy trying to sort them out over the next few weeks too!

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