October started in Manchester with the return of Party Conference. My first as an MP, it was a pleasure to join some brilliant panels and discuss topics ranging from social care to civil service reform to housing.
As attention nationally turns to the start of the UN COP26 conference in Glasgow, I am incredibly excited to this week (5th November) be hosting our first Sevenoaks and Swanley Virtual Climate Change Conference. Climate change is a serious threat to the future of our planet; in 2019, the UK adopted a world-leading net zero emissions target, aiming to end our contribution to climate change altogether by 2050. This will mean changing the way we heat our homes, get to work, grow our food, and much more. The Sevenoaks and Swanley Virtual Climate Conference will see experts from around the country, as well local councillors and groups, discuss what changes we need from businesses and consumers. Following the event, I will be writing to the COP26 President, Alok Sharma MP, to summarise the conversations we’ve had and give him an overview of our local priorities. I do hope as many of you as possible will be able to join and I have provided the registration details below if you are yet to sign up.
I would like to just touch on the very sad news we all received this month regarding the devastating deaths of James Brokenshire MP, and Sir David Amess. Both were taken from us too soon, and while in very different circumstances, they have both left behind grieving families, friends, and colleagues. I hope their parting will reaffirm our commitment both nationally and locally to democracy, civility, and decency. I firmly believe we are all united in wanting the best for our community, and it is for that reason that I love my job and the people I have the privilege to represent.
Locally, we have also sadly lost former Association Chairman and President Merrill London, following on from the loss at the end of August of longstanding member and treasurer of Dunton Green & Riverhead Branch Colin Wadie. I know Merrill and Colin will be greatly missed, and I send my condolences to both Jill Wadie and James London, and all their family and friends.
Thank you all for your continued support, and if there is anything I can do to help you, please get in touch.
MP for Sevenoaks and Swanley
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