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Aylesbury MP makes first Parliamentary speech

Rob Butler paid tribute to his predecessor and talked passionately about the town yesterday.

Published by Dan Gooding at 9:35am 27th February 2020. 4-minute read.

Aylesbury MP makes first Parliamentary speech

Aylesbury's new MP has made his maiden speech in the House of Commons.

Yesterday, Rob Butler spoke about the constituency of Aylesbury, highlighting the ambitious plans for a Garden Town.

Rob said:

“There is a passionate ambition to become a real community and commercial hub, where people want to live, work, visit and invest.

"Already the Waterside Theatre and The Exchange have brought life back to the canalside… The people of Aylesbury are rightly proud of their history as the birthplace of the paralympic movement and now have pioneering plans to make the town fully accessible to all”.

Rob also emphasised the importance of the villages in the constituency, and the need for them to benefit from strong local services, saying:

“The farms, the villages and the hamlets lie in beautiful countryside, but they face the same challenges as other rural areas, including access to health services, buses and broadband and although Buckinghamshire is often regarded as affluent, my constituency also has pockets of deprivation and I will strive to ensure a fairer deal for everyone I represent.”

Rob highlighted the local opposition to HS2, he said:

“Thousands of residents are both disappointed and frustrated at the decision to proceed, not least because of the harm HS2 will do to the environment, including the destruction of more than a hundred ancient woodlands.

"The actions of HS2 Ltd and its contractors have already provoked many complaints to me and I take this opportunity to state that I will be unwavering in holding them to account”.

Rob paid tribute to his predecessor, Sir David Lidington, saying:

“He is a man who is decent, dedicated and thoughtful; a gentleman, the epitome of the public servant."

Rob was speaking during a debate on the Environment Bill.

He said:

“It will have far-reaching implications for our economy and our society, heralding a cleaner, greener nation.”

Rob welcomed the commitment in this Bill to require all development to be accompanied by a net gain in biodiversity, praising Aylesbury Garden Town for its vision to “be not just green, but blue, with plans to create a gardenway encircling the town and to uncover
hidden waterways”.

Acknowledging the role of farmers, he added:

“Many [of those] farmers are enthusiastic about the Environment Bill. They recognise their unique role in the stewardship of the land and preservation of the countryside.

"I am confident that this bill will enable our farmers to ensure our food security and run sustainable businesses, while playing their part in ensuring the highest environmental standards.”

Rob finished his speech by saying:

“Like each and every one of us in this chamber, I am only here because of my constituents.

"As a former journalist, I am acutely aware of the need for accountability to them and to the public in general. Politics has not had a good press in recent years, and it is beholden on us to improve that.

"Not for the sake of a good headline or hundreds of “likes” on a tweet, but in order to rebuild faith and confidence that our institutions and representatives truly uphold democracy, and deliver in the best interests of all the people…

“I am honoured to be in Parliament at this pivotal time in our country’s history… so I conclude by expressing my sincere gratitude to the people of the Aylesbury constituency for putting their trust and faith in me to represent them here.”

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