I WAS pleased to meet many local constituents last week during four separate visits to Wareham involving a variety of events.

I attended the induction and installation of the new team rector of Wareham, and I would like to extend a warm welcome to Simon and his family.

I held my regular surgery in Wareham Library and came back in the evening to support the Wareham Town Band’s Concert.

This was a most enjoyable event and raised funds for the Heroes Haven in Swanage.

My fourth visit was to a local park home owner to help prepare for a debate I am leading on October 30 in the House of Commons.

Now that Parliament is back, I am in London from Monday to Thursday. At times my work here is less than productive.

I attended the first committee session for the Affordable Homes Bill. This is a private members bill and aims to reform the bedroom tax to give proper protection to vulnerable people. Some members of the committee basically disrupted any genuine discussion on the bill by raising points of order and arguing about when the committee should sit. This went on for an hour and a half and did not reach a conclusion.

The Recall Bill is due to be discussed in detail and I anticipate that this will generate some good discussion on the floor of the House. I have received many representations asking me to sign up to a whole set of amendments.

Whilst I don’t think the Bill as it stands goes far enough in making MPs more accountable to their electorate, it is certainly a step forward. However, it is open to the criticism that too much power still appears to lie in the hands of MPs to make judgements on their own peers.

On the other hand I don’t think that MPs should be recalled for voting a certain way or that unlimited money should be thrown at trying to remove an MP for very little reason.

I hope that an effective and balanced method of allowing electors to call their MP to account will be found during the scrutiny of the Bill in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

The parliamentary processes can work extremely well on occasions!