Andrea Jenkyns MP Column: Time to reflect on eventful year

Newspaper: Morley Observer.
Story: Conservate MP Andrea Jenkyns visits School of Cook, a club for the under fives,  to see what they do, explore healthy eating and find ways of working together.
Pictured: MP Andrea Jenkyns with Amelia Fowler.
Reporter: Leanne Clarke.
Photo date: 29/01/16
Picture Ref: AB039e0116

Newspaper: Morley Observer. Story: Conservate MP Andrea Jenkyns visits School of Cook, a club for the under fives, to see what they do, explore healthy eating and find ways of working together. Pictured: MP Andrea Jenkyns with Amelia Fowler. Reporter: Leanne Clarke. Photo date: 29/01/16 Picture Ref: AB039e0116

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It’s been a week and a half since Parliament went on summer recess.

Recesses are a time when MPs can get back to our constituencies and work more in the local area without having to be in London for debates or votes, making them vital for ensuring we get enough time to be in the constituency, talking to our constituents and helping wherever possible.

It’s been an incredibly busy time in British politics and I have taken a few opportunities to reflect on what’s been going on in these pages recently.

It goes to show just how quickly situations can change in British politics and adapt to new realities.

I do see this as an advantage.

Brexit will bring about real change in the ways we do Government in this country.

I never denied there would be initial uncertainty, but the advantage of our system is that we can quickly make sure things are in place to enact the decision of the British people.

So, while in America they are engaged in a presidential election that has been going on for well over a year now, between presidents and leaders, we have seen a new government in place with Brexit at its heart; there are few countries that enjoy that level of adaptability.

But now is the time for us all to sit back just a little bit.

I will certainly be very grateful if the next six weeks turn out far less dramatic than the last!

As I said earlier, recess is a time for us MPs to get back into our constituencies and catch up with our constituents without the time constraints of Westminster.

It’s already been eventful so far.

On Saturday I was joined by Jacob from Robin Hood for my constituency visits to support Yorkshire Day.

It is inspiring to see someone so young have so much interest in politics and a real understanding of what is happening in the world around him.

He is extremely observant and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his perspective on the EU referendum, the future of political parties and how to engage more young people to get involved.

You can see more about my time with Jacob on my Facebook page and my website.

I have more visits planned for the summer so do keep an eye out for me around the constituency.

You can of course also contact my office to make an appointment if you would like to speak to me about anything, and they are there to help with any problems you might have.