Local MP Jack Lopresti has opened his new constituency office in Bradley Stoke’s Almondsbury Business Park.
The official opening took place on Friday (3rd September), attended by Cllr Janet Biggin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, and Cllr Ben Walker, Mayor of Bradley Stoke, along with other local councillors and supporters.
The MP for the constituency of Filton and Bradley Stoke, who entered Parliament on the back of a 6,914 majority in the 2010 General Election, told The Journal:
“After searching for many weeks, it was great to find somewhere accessible and within budget in Bradley Stoke, which was always my preferred location for a constituency office.”
The MP is understood to have initially sought an office at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre, but had to drop the plan because the rents asked exceeded his parliamentary allowance.
His chosen office is in the same complex as that of Bradley Stoke Town Council, which, ironically, is currently examining the possibility of moving to a more central location in the town.
The constituency office will house two members of staff – an office manager and a case worker – and will initially be open from 9am to 5pm, although there are plans to introduce a later closing time from 1st October.
Mr Lopresti continued:
“The office will also be a drop-in centre where people can come and see myself or my team if they need help or would like to bring a local issue to my attention.”
“Meeting with people face-to-face is something I really enjoy and discussing the issues that are affecting their lives is an important part of my job; I will do whatever I can to help.”
The address and contact details of the constituency office can be found on The Journal’s ‘Contact your Concillors, MPs and MEPs‘ page.
Despite the opening of his new office, the MP says he will continue to hold his twice-monthly surgeries:
“I look forward to meeting with as many people as possible. I hold my surgeries all around the constituency and am more than willing to meet people at their home should they have any difficulty in getting to see me.”
Mr Lopresti’s next surgery will be on Friday 10th September at the Staple Hill branch of the Royal British Legion, between 4pm and 7pm.
The MP says he is also prepared to meet constituents in their own homes, should they prefer.
Photo: (L-R) Cllr Brian Hopkinson, Cllr Tim Bowles, Cllr Roger Avenin, Cllr Janet Biggin, Jack Lopresti MP, Cllr John Ashe, Cllr Sarah Pomfret, Cllr Trevor Jones.
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