The Royal Wedding

April 28, 2011

As we approach the Royal Wedding, I think most of us will be wishing the young couple well and that they have a long and happy life together. Although some marriages have their problems, I think most of us agree that a good marriage is a huge blessing and a good platform for bringing up children.

I am glad that Prince William and Kate have chosen Westminster Abbey, which is the traditional setting for Royal Weddings, and a grand old church. Because it is near to the House of Commons, I have often visited Westminster Abbey and I do think it is a remarkable building. It is marvellous to think that it dates back to before the Norman Conquest and has been at the centre of our nation’s activities all that time.

I am sure that many men will envy William and many women will think how marvellous it is to grow up and marry a Prince. The eyes of the world will be on Westminster and I look forward to joining in with the huge celebrations across North East Hertfordshire.

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Supporting Carers’ Week

April 27, 2011

I have just had a meeting at the House of Commons with Angela Rippon who is a strong supporter of Carers’ Week. It was good to talk to Angela about all the work that is being done to recognise the role of carers. Society often takes for granted the huge contribution which individuals make looking after a loved one, without any adequate financial recognition. I saw this most starkly when the Select Committee on Work and Pensions was taking evidence for its landmark Report on Carers a couple of years ago. So many people gave evidence to us showing how even the smallest respite meant a great deal. It was also interesting to learn that in Australia instant respite is available through their carers’ centres.

I hope that Angela Rippon’s involvement with Carers’ Week will raise its profile even further and it was good to be part of this.