Would you believe it? Having denied over again that she should would not call a General Election, Theresa May has done just that. So much for her word.
Apparently she doesn’t like the fact that Parliament is divided. But this is the UK, not North Korea, and we should be proud of robust debate.
No, the real reason is because she knows she has no chance of delivering a Brexit deal that will satisfy anyone. Not those of us who campaigned to Remain but accepted the result of the referendum. And certainly not the hard right ideologues running the Tory Party. So she wants an extra two years of breathing space for her own purposes.
I am immensely grateful to the people of Chester for electing me just two short years ago and of course I want to finish that job. I turned down all offers to serve on the front bench because I promised my focus would be entirely on Chester, my constituency. So it has been.
And in just two years we have made progress. In the last couple of months, Virgin Media have started cabling 45,000 homes in the city with fast fibre broadband after I persuaded them to come here. And this summer we’ll be bringing the Castle site back into use after I drove forward the project, knocking heads together to make it happen and boost tourism and heritage.
I have been working with residents on traffic problems caused by the Sainsbury’s roundabout, and I have brought small businesses together in the city centre to help them boost and grow their businesses jointly – we are calling it Chester Independents.
But there is lots left to do. We need a government that will commit to improve the M56 – probably the issue I have raised most in Parliament. We need fair funding for schools, which now face crisis in Cheshire West and Chester. Anyone in the city centre can see that homelessness is on the rise, but so is the housing crisis.
How many families do you know who have adult children still living at home because they can’t afford to rent a house, let alone buy one? And instead, every spare plot of land is sat on by private developers or used for more speculative student accommodation.
So I want to carry on what I am doing. Serving this city.