The recess is a time to meet my constituents

It’s Parliament’s Easter recess this week, which means I’ve been able to spend more time than usual in Midlothian and in our constituency office.

I know that some people view parliamentary recess as an extended holiday for MPs, but I don’t see it that way.

For me, recess is an opportunity to spend time meeting with constituents and local groups, and to hear more about the issues that are important to you.

So far, I’ve been hearing from constituents who have come to my office to discuss issues they’re having and how I might be able to help.

I know that many of you are very busy and can’t always make it to my office during office hours, so I also try to come to where you are by holding surgeries and coffee mornings.

This Friday, 13th April, I will be at Eskbank Tesco at 1:30pm and Penicuik Tesco at 3pm.

You can also come and meet me at Rosslyn Bowling Club on Saturday 14th April, between 12pm and 2pm, where I’ll be holding a coffee morning. For more information on upcoming surgery times, please check my website:

As well as holding surgeries where you are, I also visit lots of groups who are working to make Midlothian a better place to live. I am always impressed by the commitment and passion of our groups in Midlothian, and leave keen to take your insights back to Parliament.

I hope that everyone had a good Easter break. I know how much people value bank holiday weekends as a time to have a needed rest from work, and to catch up with family and friends. The UK has fewer bank holidays than other G20 countries and I strongly believe that we should have four new bank holidays across the UK, including one on St Andrew’s Day on 30th November.