New Liberal Democrat MP for Chesham and Amersham Sarah Green made her maiden speech in the House of Commons yesterday.
In her speech Sarah paid tribute to the late Dame Cheryl Gillian saying “ I intend to carry on her tradition of speaking truth to power and standing up for my constituents.”
She also reflected on the “destruction” taking place across Chesham and Amersham, “It is bad enough to watch it from street level. But once you get up and above the works and see the full scale of it - it is devastating. What you see makes your heart sink where before the views could make your heart sing.”
Sarah attacked the Government on their failure to fix the roads across Buckinghamshire adding “The shocking state of our roads is something my constituents are desperate to see fixed.” and hit out at the upcoming Elections Bill, saying the Government was tackling a problem that doesn't exist.
Commenting in her maiden speech, Sarah Green MP said:
[On HS2] “It is bad enough to watch it from street level. But once you get up and above the works and see the full scale of it - it is devastating. What you see makes your heart sink where before the views could make your heart sing.
[On roads] “Something else that makes your heart sink are the roads around Buckinghamshire. I call them roads, but they're more like an assault course for unsuspecting drivers. The shocking state of our roads is something my constituents are desperate to see fixed.
[On the upcoming Elections Bill] “Sadly, this government is more interested in fixing a problem that doesn’t exist. There is no evidence of mass voter fraud in this country. And yet, with this Bill the government wants to introduce Voter ID at elections. Why? This Bill will result in countless voters being turned away at the polling booth for no good reason. We should be encouraging more people to participate in elections not introducing barriers to voting. Far from strengthening our democracy, this Bill makes it harder for people to vote and undermines our independent elections watchdog.
[On serving residents] “Like all Members here, I did not enjoy the universal support of every voter. But everyone should be able to cast their vote unimpeded. It goes without saying, however, no-matter how any one person voted, every constituent in Chesham & Amersham will be listened to, will be heard, and their interests represented in this place by me.”