For the last two weeks Parliament has been in recess for the party conferences, and Victoria has been busy with a variety of engagements throughout North Oxfordshire.
On 18th September, Victoria spoke at the Low Carbon Maintenance & Buildings green breakfast event. The event, held at Bloxham Mill, was attended by numerous local businesses. They discussed and exchanged ideas regarding green policies, and future development and growth in the area. As the guest speaker, Victoria spoke about a range of subjects, including the Government’s current green policies, the economy and the constituency’s green strategies, such as the Bicester eco-town.
On Tuesday 22nd September, Victoria held a surgery in Banbury where she spoke to several constituents about a variety of cases. The following day, she enjoyed a visit to Brookside Primary School in Bicester, where she met pupils and had a tour of the remarkable school. She admired the school’s various initiatives to promote reading, and particularly appreciated the success of their updated library. The following Thursday, Victoria had a very productive meeting with local GPs, during which they discussed the pressures faced by the NHS and plans for expanding medical services in North Oxfordshire.
Over the weekend Victoria was honoured to celebrate Eid with a family in Bretch Hill. The family welcomed Victoria to their celebrations with open arms, and she enjoyed learning more about this important religious festival from them.
On 28th September, Victoria held the most recent of her ‘Pub Tour’ visits, spending the evening at the Black Boy Inn in Milton. While there, she met Bruce Duncan, the author of The Lone Soldier. The book chronicles Duncan’s time and experiences in the military. She was amazed when she heard the details of some of his adventures!
During the day she had spent time at the Thames Water treatment plant in Banbury, where she was told about the water cleaning process on-site. Victoria found the staff to be delightful and particularly enjoyed riding in one of the treatment lorries. Following this visit, Victoria headed to Banbury Academy where she thoroughly enjoyed teaching an A level English class on Othello. She was blown away by the students’ enthusiasm to learn and participate in class and found the discussion to be insightful and developed.
Victoria will continue to have engagements in the constituency before attending the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester next week.