Members of the Cranwell Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association yesterday entertained local MP Stephen Phillips to dinner at one of their regular evenings in the Sergeants Mess at RAF Cranwell, where Stephen also spent time with the Commandant of the College during the day. Asked to speak about his role as an MP and the way in which it differed from his expectations prior to his election, Stephen stressed the too-often forgotten concepts of public service and discipline exemplified by those who have served in the forces which he could only hope to begin to emulate. Stephen also spoke about the oddities of the House of Commons, from the strange hours MPs still work when the House is sitting to the routes which members have to learn to negotiate the Palace of Westminster as quickly as possible when a division is called. "It is a huge honour to be here tonight and to be the MP," Stephen said on being presented with a certificate of thanks. "My best hope is to follow the example of everyone in this room and to try to serve everyone in the constituency for as long as they continue to send me to Westminster to represent us."
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