June news releases
David Heath joins fun reading group for parents and children
Nunney First School was the venue for three sessions entitled ‘Enjoying Books with your Children’, a partnership project in conjunction with the Essential Skills Team at Strode College.
The underpinning concept was to encourage parents who find reading a challenge to come along and join the group; although these were the parents who did not come forward. It was about reading for fun and not just for educational purposes.
David Heath joined the group for the final session as he is heavily involved in the Imagination Library project with Dolly Parton which is focused on inspiring children to read.
This was the culmination of projects concerned with reading activities in the Frome area for young and old alike, all of which have been very successful
David Heath nominated as best backbencher MP
David Heath has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Best Backbencher’ in the forthcoming The House Magazine Parliamentary Awards, for demonstrating ‘sharp debating skills in the Chamber’.
This is the 6th time he has been nominated for the award during his eleven years in Parliament, although as voting generally occurs along political lines, he has not won it.
There are four MPs on the shortlist. In addition to Liberal Democrat David Heath, also nominated are Labour MPs Anne Snelgrove and Rob Marris, and Conservative MP Michael Fallon.
This award reflects the commitment David Heath has, and the effort he puts into being an effective Member of Parliament for Somerton & Frome.
Somerton & Frome is one of the largest constituencies in terms of land area, but despite this David Heath undertakes on average two surgeries a week, has a packed constituency diary, and is actively involved in the local community.
In addition to his constituency work, David Heath is very committed to his role as a Parliamentarian and regularly stands up in the House to speak on issues that affect his constituents.
David Heath is also one of the top attendees in the Commons votes, during the last year session he took part in 80% of votes that affect us, and spoken 78 times. Both of these are well above the average amongst MPs (source www.theyworkforyou.com).
David Heath, on hearing of the nomination, said: “I am honoured to have been nominated by my colleagues for this award. I am proud to represent the people of Somerton & Frome and I take my Parliamentary responsibilities very seriously. By asking the right questions and raising issues in debates I can often get action on the issues that matter to local people.”