One change since the General Election which people of all political persuasions regard as positive is the reform of Parliament.
The House of Commons has begun to reassert its authority over the Government. It has for the first time elected its own Select Committee chairmen. It has agreed that some Parliamentary time should be reserved to issues that backbenchers wish to discuss, rather than everything being controlled by the Government and Opposition leadership. And with a new Government seeking to introduce a number of reforms, it is much busier.
The latter change means that when Parliament is sitting I have to be in Westminster from Monday morning to Thursday evening (on Monday and Tuesday nights business usually finishes about 10.30pm: on Wednesdays about 7.30pm; and on Thursdays about 6.30pm). This means that I often can't attend Neighbourhood Partnership and Residents Association meetings.
Croydon Central is blessed with lots of active Residents Associations and attending their meetings can be very useful, both in allowing me to let people know what I am up to and more importantly in finding out what my constituents - the people I work for - want me to do.
To make up for the fact that I can't always get to these meetings, I invited the Chairmen of all the Residents Associations in the constituency to a meeting this evening. I was delighted that virtually every Association was represented. We had a very productive meeting and agreed to meet on a quarterly basis.