Mark Eastwood: Old-school MPs are taken aback

Mark Eastwood: Old-school MPs are taken aback

It has been a huge honour to have been elected as MP by the people of Dewsbury, Mirfield, Kirkburton and Denby Dale. Thank you to all those who voted for me on December 12.

Prior to polling day, I was employed as a regional sales manager for a healthcare furniture company and still live in Earlsheaton with my wife and two children.

I am passionate about our area and intend to build on the work I have already been doing, working with and supporting community groups throughout the constituency to help solve problems and celebrate successes.

My first few weeks in Parliament have been an amazing, if a little surreal, experience. 

Luckily, there are 50 other MPs within the new intake, who have similar backgrounds to me and we have built up a real camaraderie.

It’s fair to say that the long-serving MPs, from all parties, appear to have been taken aback by the invasion of Westminster by northern working-class Tories. This is not a bad thing in my opinion and has brought a new and exciting energy to Parliament.

Since being elected, there have been so many great moments, including the Queen’s Speech and state opening of Parliament, but my proudest and most emotional moment has to be my swearing-in ceremony as an MP in the Commons Chamber, watched by my family from the public gallery.

After gaining an 80-seat majority at the election, the Conservatives have been given a huge mandate by the people of Britain.

During the first few weeks of Parliament, the main priority for the Government was making sure we get Brexit done before January 31 and I was delighted to be able vote through the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement at all stages in my first week as MP and against the opposition’s blocking amendments last week.

At a constituency level, working alongside my recently appointed office manager, Adam Gregg, we have managed to secure an office in Dewsbury town centre, which should be occupied by the end of January and where we will be holding regular surgeries.

In the meantime, we will be hosting our first surgery in Dewsbury, which will be held on Friday January 24 at a venue to be announced in due course.

I am already looking forward to getting out across the constituency and meeting you all at some point.

In the meantime, if you need help with any local or national issues, please contact me via email

Thanks again for putting your faith in me and I look forward to being a strong voice in Westminster for Dewsbury and Mirfield throughout this parliamentary term.


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