David Simmonds CBE MP has completed his first six months in the role and has admitted that one of his standout moments so far has been playing a part in keeping the Pinn Medical Centre’s walk-in service open.
He said: “There have been several standout moments in my first month in office. A specific standout moment was helping to secure the future of the walk-in service at Pinn Medical Centre in February.
“The walk-in is currently closed on account of COVID-19, but I look forward to reopening and visiting it at the earliest opportunity.”
The MP described his first steps into the House of Commons as “momentous” admitting the huge responsibility he felt he had to his constituency.
He continued: “It was a significant moment in my life and accordingly, it felt momentous. It is not an overstatement to say that I was keenly aware of the enormous responsibility which I felt to Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.
“I had a long career in local government before entering the Commons as an MP, but in politics every day counts and there is a sense of urgency to make your time count and to deliver as best you can for your constituents.”
Mr Simmonds MP CBE also opened up on what he thinks his biggest challenge could be moving forward.
He said: “It is truism to say that the loudest voices are not always right. I consider us fortunate in this country to be home to some of the world’s greatest minds and best ideas.
“The challenge we face is ensuring that our national discourse, and the discourse of politics, remains respectful and openminded enough that we can explore ideas with civility and benefit from the astonishing possibilities out there.”