Local MP Andrew Bingham is launching a new initiative in his determination to be as accessible to local residents as possible.
Andrew is setting aside a series of Friday evenings for local residents to come along to raise any issues they wish, in what he is calling 'Friday Round Tables'. They will be completely open meetings, held across the High Peak, with no fixed subject or agenda but an opportunity for people to come and talk about local or national issues.
"I have regular Advice Surgeries where people come to raise personal issues with me to get my help or advice, these are always busy and I am always pleased to try and help people the best way I can. However, it has occurred to me that an open meeting for people who wish to have a general discussion about local issues or aspects of Government policy might be something that people would value. It could also free up more time at my Advice Surgeries for people wishing to discuss personal issues that are private and not appropriate for a public arena."
Andrew went on to say:
"With only a small majority in the House of Commons, it is increasingly difficult to get away from Westminster during the week. So I want to use every possible minute in the High Peak to be available for people, and I have therefore arrived at the idea of these Friday Round Tables.
"I will publicise them along with my Advice Surgeries and people are welcome to just turn up; no appointment is necessary and anything can be discussed although it will be an open meeting. As ever I am always available at my Advice Surgeries or for one to one meetings in my constituency office to discuss more personal or confidential matters.
The first of the Friday Round Tables will be held on Friday 3rd March at Bradbury House in Glossop, from 7pm to 9pm. Andrew said:
"I have chosen Glossop as the venue for my first Friday Round Table as I was very disappointed not to be able to attend the recent SEGRA meeting on policing, given that I - along with many local residents - have great concerns over the way the Police and Crime Commissioner is approaching policing in Glossop.
"I hope people will attend the Friday Round Tables, and I am sure we will have some healthy discussions on a wide range of subjects. I would prefer them not to become a political debating platform, as party politics can get tiresome for people, but I want them to be an opportunity for good and meaningful discussions on local and national issues, as well as another way that I ensure that I am as accessible as possible in my role as the Member of Parliament."