Every five years there is a Parliamentary ritual which involves every new MP making a maiden speech. In the past this was a leisurely affair in which new MPs would often wait years before making their first contribution. I would not expect my constituents to be as patient! In the few weeks since the election, among many activities in the constituency and Westminster: I have gone a long way towards setting up an office to serve constituents; met with the Rail Minister to insist she forces action to improve local services; submitted, jointly with fellow concerned MPs, a contribution to the Air Quality Consultation; and progressed, in many cases resolved, dozens of pieces of casework. Each of these is incredibly important to those writing-in but none could be progressed during the election campaign.