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June 3, 2010 - Bill Esterson's Westminster Diary

 

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson

THREE weeks is a long time in politics.

 

 We’ve seen the shortest cabinet career ever, the launch of the Labour leadership campaign and the Lib Dem deputy leadership campaign and John Prescott entering the House of Lords. It has and will mean interesting times when I am in and around the palace of Westminster.

 

I have already met with a couple of the lead contenders for the Labour leadership seeking my support for their campaign and continue to bump into many political high flyers from all parties. Their faces are so well known it can feel really strange at times.

 

I have submitted a few questions to ask ministers and was lucky enough to have been selected to ask one of my questions on Monday.

 

My question is about the future plans for Building Schools for The Future, which is the programme of rebuilding and refurbishment of secondary schools, which was being rolled out around the country by the last government.

 

My question is one of 25 which were selected by a ballot of all of the questions which were submitted by MPs.

 

Once the minister, in this case Mr Gove, answers, I have a short supplementary, so will be able to ask what will be happening here in Sefton and especially whether Chesterfield and Crosby high schools will still be rebuilt as planned.

 

And on Thursday this week, I hope to make my maiden speech, more on that next week, if I am called by Mr Speaker.

 

I have found the Palace of Westminster a very frustrating place to work, especially the archaic systems that are still in place despite so called modernisation. I along with many other MPs am working out of a locker and a table in the staff ‘canteen’.

 

It is unbelievable that so many of us still have no office in the mother of all parliaments.  It doesn’t make the job of representing you in Parliament particularly easy. All I can say is thank goodness for the Blackberry and the laptop!

 

But of course being an MP is not just about Parliament it is about being out and about in my constituency. I continue to knock on doors and visit community events to ensure I am able to speak for you and represent you where and when it matters.

 

You have given me that chance and I hope I do not let you down.

 

Despite the frustrations with the system it is still all a great privilege.

 

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