The year since my last annual report has once again proved a challenging time for our country. Very sadly we lost Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II only a few short months after we celebrated her Platinum Jubilee. She gave her life in service to this country, and I know the levels of affection she was held in across the constituency. May she rest in peace.
We have also continued to face challenging economic times. The lasting impacts of Covid-19 on supply chains and shipping continue to affect many businesses locally and have driven up prices across the country. So too has Putin’s illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine. These issues have driven up inflation to levels we haven’t seen in many years and placed a great strain on household budgets.
I am proud to be the Chancellor’s Parliamentary Private Secretary in Westminster, and I know how hard he and the Government are working to support the most vulnerable at this difficult time. I also completely support his efforts to bring down inflation, as persistent high levels of inflation make everybody poorer. As the Prime Minister has said, we need to get inflation under control if we are to move forward as a country.
Locally, my commitment to improving our communities remains undiminished. We already have a beautiful place to live, but for North Derbyshire to thrive we really need better infrastructure, better educational outcomes and more skilled jobs in our region. We also need more affordable housing so our children can own their own homes, but we need it to be built in sustainable ways with the necessary levels of infrastructure paid for by the developers.
The articles below contain a summary of my work over the past twelve months, including some of my major campaigns, some of the community visits I’ve done and other bits and pieces. It has been a very busy year. I, and my office, continue to receive a tremendous amount of correspondence with over 13,000 casework-related emails received and over 7,000 letters sent to constituents.
If you have any questions or would like to meet me, we always have surgeries coming up across the constituency, so just email me, call me, or visit Request a Surgery Appointment | Mark Fletcher (mark-fletcher.org.uk). Equally, if you’d like regular updates on my work, I send out a monthly electronic newsletter which you can sign up to here https://www.mark-fletcher.org.uk/marks-regular-newsletter.
The best way to get in touch is via email at email@example.com or via telephone at 01246 932048. You can also write to my office in Bolsover at 1 Market Place, Bolsover S44 6PN or to my Westminster office in the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.
It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as your Member of Parliament. I am proud to call the Bolsover constituency home, and I will continue to fight every single day to make our towns and villages the best place in the country to live and raise a family.