Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston writes for the Observer….
BORIS Johnson has announced his resignation as Conservative Party leader, and the contest to replace him is already underway. Whoever replaces Boris Johnson as the next leader, and Prime Minister, will face many challenges from day one, not least the cost-of-living crisis and the war in Ukraine that continues to see lives tragically lost. There is much work to be done, and whoever the successor is will have my full support.
In the meantime, I continue to serve as a Minister in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport where I am fulfilling my immediate duties to deliver the Women’s Euros (which are already underway) and the Commonwealth Games (which starts on 28th July), as well as many other responsibilities including the recovery of the tourism sector. It is a job that I have been privileged to hold, and I am immensely proud of the successes within the department. In particular, the recent introduction of Safe Standing at football grounds, the Fan-led Review into football governance, delivering an updated Charities Act and better protection of heritage assets, list amongst my proudest achievements in this role.
You will see a lot on the news about the leadership contest in the months and weeks ahead. Regardless of what happens, my dedication and commitment is to the communities across Mid Worcestershire for whom it is my honour to serve.
In the meantime the normal work of MPs and the business of government must continue. For example, I have recently responded to several Westminster Hall Debates, such as on the administration of Derby County Football Club. I’ve also been pleased to attend a number of important receptions in Westminster, such as an NFU event to launch their Community Farming Hero Awards, and marking Drowning Prevention Week with the Royal Life Saving Society.
Meanwhile, this fantastic summer of sport continues. I was delighted to be able to represent the Government at the opening match of the Women’s Euros at Old Trafford recently. I was also very pleased to be able to join the Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton for some of its final stops around the country ahead of Birmingham 2022. It comes to Worcestershire soon!
I wish all of my constituents a fantastic start to the Summer.