Everyone thinks they know what an MP does Ė but I bet even many of the candidates standing in the election that is just around the corner will be surprised to discover just how many roles an MP performs and how much variety there is to our lives.

Yes itís our job to respond to peopleís concerns and take up their problems Ė thatís why I have spent so much of my time trying to get the Regal Cinema reopened. But thereís much more to it than that.

Thanks to newspapers like this one, MPs can tell their voters quite a lot about their local activity, but even then, because there is so much we could say, we have to be selective. And thatís apart from the confidentiality of a lot of our work for individual constituents.

So I try to choose the issues that are most likely to interest readers Ė or which I think they need to know about. The problem is that so many of the issues that matter most can sound very boring.

I am delighted to have received so many e-mails and letters about the threats to the future of the Brain Injury Centre at the college. The problem is that national policy canít take account of local priorities Ė so, although it looks just a question of cash, itís actually a lot more complicated than that. But Iíll do all I can to keep the centre open.

Or look at what NHS Worcestershire is being forced to do by the government to reorganise our community health services Ė itís a scandal but it sounds so remote until the changes start to impact on Evesham Hospital, by which time itís too late.

We need to allow local people to decide issues like these Ė and thatís one of the reasons I am so anxious to change the government at the election. They just donít trust local people - and they should.


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