You elected me and sent me to the House of Commons to represent the people of Buckingham. My election as Speaker is the greatest honour of my professional life and I am very conscious of the responsibility which it has vested in me. I shall strive every day to justify Members’ confidence and to help to restore the reputation of Parliament.
Please rest assured that I continue to represent all my constituents. Although as Speaker I do not speak in or stage debates, table questions, or sign Early Day Motions, I represent all my constituents by raising their concerns with the relevant agency or government department. As Speaker, I receive ministerial replies, often from the Secretary of State, and on an expedited basis in recognition of the fact that the Speaker does not table questions or speak on the floor of the House. I no longer address any issue in a party political manner in accordance with the convention that the Speaker remains impartial.
I continue to attend events and undertake visits of a non-party political character throughout the constituency. Visiting schools, health services, local authorities, charities, voluntary groups and community gatherings has always represented the overwhelming proportion of my constituency work and I continue to do it every bit as conscientiously as I have always done. Do get in touch with me at the Commons if you would like me to visit your organisation.
It is my duty and pleasure to serve all of my constituents in Buckingham. If you need my help on any matter, whether local or national, please get in touch with me. You can find my details on the contact page.
Geographically, Buckingham is a rather large constituency but in spite of its rurality, and the great distances which sometimes separate one settlement from its nearest neighbour, I am repeatedly struck by the strong sense of community I observe when I visit local towns and villages.