It has been a long time since Romsey could claim a Prime Minister, but on Monday Rishi Sunak, who grew up in Bassett, became Prime Minister. I had signed Rishi's nomination paper on Friday last week and was very pleased to see him take office on Tuesday and do his first PMQs this week. I did notice my Labour neighbour (with whom I get on well) claim the honours of proclaiming Rishi as Southampton's first PM, to which I commented, "and Romsey's second". I do hope Rishi serves as long as Palmerston did, but without the gap!
Following my question in Business Questions last week the BBC want to do some filming this week about my poor constituent who had his identity stolen and then the title to his house transferred. It seems extremely unfair that if this sort of crime is perpetrated the owner of the stolen property cannot get it back, once the title is transferred it is transferred. I sincerely hope the Land Registry either crack down so this sort of thing simply cannot happen, or find a way to make the transfer back possible and swift.
I have been pleased to show a number of work experience students round Westminster this week, although current covid rules mean it can only be for a single day. The two students who were up on Monday certainly had an exciting and historic day to be in Parliament. They also got to be in the gallery when I raised the importance of reporting on the situation in Iran. There are many families locally with family still in Iran, and they are desperate both for information from within the country, but also for BBC Persia to continue reporting.