It's official: there are now almost as many Conservative MPs in Lincolnshire as there are Liberal Democrat MPs in the whole of the UK! Following the Queen's Speech to Parliament this week, in which the new Government set out its plans for the next year based on the Conservative manifesto, all of Lincolnshire's MPs met together for the first time to discuss their ideas for our county and how they can work together to ensure that Lincolnshire has a strong voice in the councils of the nation. Speaking after the meeting, which followed a photo-call in New Palace Yard, Sleaford & North Hykeham MP Stephen Phillips said, "As MPs, we are much stronger as a group when we all speak with one voice and that is what I and my colleagues are determined to do for the next five years, both to make sure Lincolnshire gets the resources it needs and so that our rural way of life is protected."
Stephen Phillips QC MP was last week officially sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Sleaford and North Hykeham. Following a general election, before he or she can take their seat, each elected MP must swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen and her successors in the House of Commons in a form of words which has been little changed for the last several hundred years. Stephen, who was one of the first of the 2010 intake of MPs to take the oath last Wednesday, before the State Opening of Parliament this week, said, "It is a huge honour to have been re-elected, and I am thrilled that both my majority and share of the vote both increased, demonstrating that many of my constituents support the values which we championed in our manifesto. I am pledged to focus on remaining a good constituency MP and supporting the first Conservative majority government in nearly twenty years to enact the promises on which I was re-elected."
Local MP Stephen Phillips recently opened the new premises of Butlers, formerly Ray Butler Limited, at Lions House in Sleaford. The business, now run by Matt and Kate Cook, has grown in recent years, necessitating larger offices, and was this year awarded Business of the Year at the Sleaford Town Awards 2015. Stephen met with many of the staff, had a tour of the new showroom and premises, and cut the official blue ribbon. Stephen said: "I am extremely proud of successful local businesses like Butlers – they show off the best of Lincolnshire's entrepreneurial spirit and provide great job opportunities for local people. These businesses are the lifeblood of our economy here and across Britain. I am honoured to have been asked to open the new premises, and I wish Butlers many more years of success!"
Welcome, and thanks for visiting my website. On 7th May 2015, I was re-elected by an overwhelming majority of more than 56% of voters as the Member of Parliament for the Sleaford and North Hykeham Constituency. It's a great honour to have this responsibility of fighting for this beautiful part of Lincolnshire and I hope that my website will answer any questions you have. You'll find some information about me, about what I and my party stand for and about how to get in touch. Please don't hesitate to do so: what matters to you matters to me. I'm passionately committed to serving the interests of all of our community as best as I can.