What is the most rewarding part of being an MP?
Two aspects of the job are the most rewarding. One is to be able to help individual constituents sort out problems that in some cases have made their lives a misery. It is gratifying to be able to resolve issues that have sometimes consumed individuals for many months. To be able to sort out a Tax Credit or Child Support Agency case, or to help with an immigration or visa problem that has kept a family apart for months or years is very worthwhile.
The other rewarding part of the job is my work on the International Development Select Committee, where we scrutinise the spending and activities of the Department of International Development. This work involves ensuring the poorest and most needy people in the world receive the help they deserve and at the end of the day I believe lives have been saved by the support given to some of the most vulnerable individuals in the world - mostly women and children. Constituents do not mind sending aid abroad, but they want to see that money wisely spent.