The bank holiday weekend saw glorious weather throughout the constituency and provided a great weekend for the very popular Broadlands Country Show on both Sunday and Monday. There were a wide range of rural pursuits being demonstrated and it was certainly an enjoyable event for the thousands who attended.

The weather has, however, seen an increase in constituents reporting concerns about anti-social behaviour which I have passed along to police. I understand a meeting took place between residents and local officers in Romsey on Thursday to address many of these concerns, however it is extremely important that such incidents continue to be reported to the police to enable them to build a picture of the problem.

I have had my first experience in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee, discussing Windrush for the first hour and then immigration detention for the rest of the session. Since moving to the Home Office I have had more Select Committee appearances than in all my previous Ministerial roles combined. It is always a good opportunity to embed both the policy and operational aspects of my role, and it is interesting to note the calibre of Select Committee Chairs currently, Yvette Cooper is certainly a shining example.

It was a pleasure to join a number of international delegates at a workshop on community sponsorship of refugees on Wednesday, which was co-hosted by the Home Office and Canada’s Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative. It was very encouraging to hear about the excellent work of UK communities in welcoming refugees, and the UK is leading the way in finding ways to involve whole communities in resettlement projects. Canada has 40 years of experience on which to draw and it was a real privilege to be alongside global experts.

On Friday I look forward to joining the pupils of Wherwell Primary School to discuss my journey through my Parliamentary career as well as meeting a number of constituents in my Romsey advice surgery.