This month I was invited back to my old school. Twenty years ago this summer, I picked up my GCSE results at my comprehensive school in Methwold, west Norfolk. Twenty years ago, I was also getting interested in my community and the world around me. Twenty years later, I am a Member of Parliament in this fantastic place, Norfolk.
I have good memories of that school, and I’m grateful to the teachers and my parents who educated me and my older brother. It is a privilege to be able to go back and try to offer some words of advice to today’s students.
At Methwold I learnt that hard work matters, and I developed a deep belief that those who can, and want to, should be able to succeed. In short, that if you work hard, you get on.
That is still my fundamental principle today. Nowadays I have the honour of representing other people’s beliefs and views too, in the House of Commons, and many thousands of people have elected me as a Conservative based on that principle: if you work hard, you get on.
I am proud to represent the whole constituency of Norwich North. My job is to represent everyone in my constituency – regardless of party politics.
I am always looking for ways to hear your views, on any issue, be it local or national, so I am running this survey to find out what really matters to you and your family.
Your feedback will help shape my priorities, which is why I hope you can spare a few minutes to complete my constituency survey. You can fill it in online at www.chloesmith.org.uk/autumnsurvey. It will allow me to have a better understanding of local priorities and concerns that matter most to you.