Local MP Chris Skidmore recently welcomed residents from across Kingswood and Hanham to the Houses of Parliament. This first trip was part of the Kingswood MP’s new initiative to give local residents the unique opportunity to visit the heart of British Government and Democracy.
A total of 50 local residents enjoyed the in-depth visit, tracing the steps of Her Majesty the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. The tour, led by a professional guide, began with a visit to the Queen’s private Robing Rooms, which then led to the Royal Gallery, Central Lobby, Westminster Hall and St Stephens Hall, before a close look at the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
After a lunch break at Jubilee Café next to Westminster Hall, residents made their way to a Committee Room, where they met with Chris and had a Q&A session, giving local people the chance to discuss their concerns with the MP directly.
Preparations are currently underway for more tours to take place this year, with Chris reiterating his enthusiasm for continuing these events. The MP said: “It is a very special experience to visit the epicentre of our great democracy and I am very pleased I have been able to reach out to our residents in arranging an event like this. It is not enough for MPs to sit back and expect people to get in touch with them, and I look forward to organising further successful visits for residents across the constituency”.
Also joining in the tour with the residents was South Gloucestershire Council Leader Cllr Toby Savage, who remarked: “The benefits of residents getting such an intimate view of our democracy are unbelievable and I am really pleased Chris has been able to offer this opportunity”.