Comment: 'I am honoured to be re-elected - and I am already straight back to work' says Harborough MP

Harborough MP Neil O'BrienHarborough MP Neil O'Brien
Harborough MP Neil O'Brien
A first person piece from Neil O'Brien, who was re-elected as Harborough's MP following the general election on July 4.

I was honoured to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Harborough, Oadby, and Wigston. Serving as your local representative has been the honour of my life, and I am delighted to be straight back to work, and am already hard at it.

During my previous term, we made significant progress locally. We successfully secured a half-hourly bus service on the A6. Our campaign to save Market Harborough tip was a success - and thanks to all those who put in objections. Our railway has been electrified and new trains will start arriving at the end of the year.

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We made progress in reforming the planning system, and a new law I helped take through Parliament should mean more housing is built through brownfield regeneration, and with the infrastructure that is needed. I am lobbying the New Deputy Prime Minister Angela Rayner to reverse the decision to build the new prison at Gartree – we need more prisons, but this is totally the wrong place. So far nothing has been done on the site, so we can still avoid choosing a location we would all regret for years to come.

As a Conservative MP, I will vigorously hold the new government to account. Never opposition for its own sake - but opposition where it is not in the interest of this community. I will fight any moves to revive the new town proposals that were pushed by the last Labour government. I will also continue to back the many wonderful charity and voluntary groups in our community.

Thank you for your continued support and trust.