When being elected as an MP, the last thing you would be expecting to deal with would be a global pandemic such as the coronavirus, and Gagan Mohindra MP has admitted that no-one could have foreseen the circumstances we would have to deal with.
Replacing former MP for South West Herts, David Gauke, was always going to be a tall order, but Gagan MP has said it’s been an honour to represent constituents in Parliament.
He said: “It’s been a really interesting six and a half months, when I was elected back in December none of us could foresee the challenge that is the COVID-19 pandemic, but I am relishing the challenge of trying to navigate our way through this.
“As you can imagine, my workload has increased significantly due to this pandemic because we are in unprecedented times, in some way it feels like we are in a twilight zone. People want to see MPs do their job and that is why I continue to commute to Westminster.
“As a government we are trying to be as supportive as possible, and until we get a cure, we need to follow the scientists’ and the doctor’s continued advice.”
Mr Mohindra MP started his political journey in 2004 as a parish councillor in Essex and progressed to become a district councillor and a county councillor.
He also stood for election to be an MP in North Tyneside in 2010.
He added: “It has been difficult, having to set up office and moving to a new constituency, but I’m very fortunate to have some fantastic councillors here and the community does very much look after itself. The volunteering has been amazing.
“It’s going to be a very interesting journey; a lot more local stuff is starting to come through in my emails. We need to protect what we love about South West Herts.
“Being in Parliament is still very much a bit of a shell shock; I still get butterflies when I walk out onto the green benches. No MP takes the place for granted irrespective of political strides.”