Waveney MP settling into new role
AFTER just one month in office, Waveney's Conservative MP Peter Aldous is settling into his new role both in his constituency and at Westminster.Mr Aldous, who beat Labour's Bob Blizzard to turn Waveney blue again after 13 years, said that his first four weeks as an MP have passed 'in a bit of a blur' as he gets used to his new duties.
AFTER just one month in office, Waveney's Conservative MP Peter Aldous is settling into his new role both in his constituency and at Westminster.
Mr Aldous, who beat Labour's Bob Blizzard to turn Waveney blue again after 13 years, said that his first four weeks as an MP have passed 'in a bit of a blur' as he gets used to his new duties.
'Things are gradually falling into place. I've now got an office set up in Westminster, and I think I was lucky to get that sorted so early for the simple reason that they're allocated alphabetically by name rather than by constituency, so I had a slight advantage there,' he said.
He has also shortlisted some potential offices for a base in central Lowestoft and will soon be taking on a Waveney-based assistant to deal with constituency issues.
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He has already made his maiden speech in the Commons, during which he spoke about the importance of the energy industry to Lowestoft's regeneration plans.
The former chartered surveyor lives Wissett and said he is keen to spend as much time in Waveney as he can.
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He said: 'I want to be as accessible as possible, and it is very easy when you're in Westminster to get into a sort of bubble away from the real world so it's nice to get back to Suffolk, be at home and get stuck into the real job of being a constituency MP.
'Once I get on top of things I'm going to look for a small flat or studio to rent in London, but thankfully I've had some very good friends who have been putting me up for the past month. They've been very kind, and luckily we're all still friends.'