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Town MP reflects on memorable if rather nervous first year

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: June 03, 2011

  • Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher with TV presenter Angela Rippon, helping to support this year’s Carers Week.

  • Christopher Pincher, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, encouraged constituents to nominate their favourite pubs as part of the British Pub celebrations of 2010.

  • MP Christopher Pincher with former mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Lee Bates, centre, and his successor Cllr Jeremy Oates, left.

  • Outside the Houses of Parliament weeks after being elected as Tamworth’s MP.

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A YEAR after being elected to become Tamworth's new MP, Christopher Pincher has spoke of his "great honour" to represent the town after a hectic 12 months.

The milestone first year for the Conservative politician passed last month, after he overwhelmingly defeated previous incumbent Brian Jenkins at the 2010 General Election.

"It has been a tremendously exciting year," said the 41-year-old.

During his 12 months inside the corridors of power, Mr Pincher has;

Spoken in 94 debates – well above average among MPs and top among Staffordshire MPs.

Written over 6,000 letters to over 4,500 residents.

Spent over 80 hours knocking on residents' doors.

Pinpointing his toughest moment since winning his seat, Mr Pincher added: "My most nerve-wracking moment came when I delivered my maiden speech.

"Since then I have spoken many times and it has become a little easier – though only a little!

"But my highlight has been to serve on the Armed Forces Bill Committee to help deliver a formidable yet flexible Armed Forces Covenant that will give our service personnel and their families the respect they deserve."

Mr Pincher is a member of more then ten All Party Parliamentary Groups, has held four quarterly meetings between county councillors, police and fire representatives and Staffordshire MPs and has made 150 visits to groups and businesses around the constituency.

"I also really enjoy visiting local businesses schools and charities around Tamworth to try to help them with their work," he explained.

"Taking school parties around Westminster is also great fun and very rewarding as it teaches students about our history.

"At the end of my first hectic year I can still honestly say that it is a great honour to be our town's Member of Parliament and I will continue to do my best to speak up for Tamworth."

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