JUNE 2022: News from local MP Jack Lopresti

May 23 2022

Jubilee preparations bring back many memories

LAST week we returned to Westminster for the state opening of Parliament and the Queen’s speech.

It reminded me of how fortunate we are to live in a democracy, a free country, and we should never take it for granted. Particularly given the terrible events which are ongoing in Ukraine.

While the Queen’s speech was delivered on this occasion by Prince Charles, this in itself emphasised and reminded us of the role Queen Elizabeth II has played as our head of state over the last 70 years, her whole life dedicated to the service of our country.

We hope that Her Majesty will be able to participate fully in the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. 

I really enjoyed meeting up with the Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom group, led by Jackie Baker.

They have all been working really hard to ensure that Downend will look fantastic for the celebrations and street parties, and I loved their Jubilee plaques.

How time has flown since the Diamond Jubilee ten years ago, and what a ten years it has been, on so many levels.

I can even remember, aged eight, the Silver Jubilee back in 1977, and what sticks in my mind was the special red, white and blue ice cream.

On Friday May 6 I held my regular surgery for local residents.

I often hold these in community hubs across our area.

Most recently, this was held at Lincombe Barn in Downend, where I met a number of residents who had requested a meeting with me to discuss their particular concerns and situations.   

As always, should you need my help with anything, my office is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm.

Please telephone me on 01454 617783 or email me at jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk if I can be of assistance or to book a surgery.