I have been receiving a large number of individual emails from pupils at both primary and secondary schools wanting my views on issues, and wanting me to help them in their coursework on a range of topics.
I am of course happy to respond to sensible enquiries that relate to my views and duties as an MP where this cannot be easily discovered by normal research. Very often the issues raised are nothing to do with an MP, or are items which can easily be checked from accessible internet sources. It would be helpful if, for example, a student checked my website first, as very often I have written on the topic if it is one of relevance to an MP. If they are truly interested in my views, they will find plenty to be interested in on the website. I am happy for any student to quote from my website and take my comments there as a fair statement of my view. They might also like to get to know the Parliamentary website, as this gives a handy guide to what an MP has been doing and saying in recent debates.
Many of the queries relate to
Local roads and cycleways
Local waste collection and recycling
Wokingham Town Centre redevelopment
Caring for local people
These are all matters handled by Wokingham Borough Council. It would be courtesy to Councillors to ask them, as they are responsbile for these matters. They will have more detailed information available than I do. They also have access through their officers to the information of the whole Council.
Others write about a number of issues in poorer and developing countries. Whilst there are some things the UK government can do through aid programmes and diplomatic pressure, it is important that students understand that foreign countries usually do not welcome external interference or interventions. There are limits to what the UK government can and should do in other countries who may not live according to the style and standards we seek to uphold at home.