Last Friday the view of the people towards the European Union rang out loud and clear and so now the work must begin to implement the result of what was an historic referendum for our country. Their will must be respected. It was clear that people feel their concerns about unsustainable migration have been ignored for too long and that its time to do something about it.

The majority of residents voting in my constituency of Aldridge-Brownhills expressed their wish to leave the EU and so I will do everything I can to make sure this happens and in a way that minimises the risk and benefits all of us in our daily lives, at work and in our businesses.

As the country looks to a new future we must now work together on all levels to make the best of this decision, to get the best for our country and, importantly, ensure stability, unity and prosperity within our communities.

Reflecting on the importance of unity and togetherness brings with it a reflection on the tragic death of Jo Cox MP and an awakening of a deep disconnect between the public and elected politicians. Events of the last few weeks must be a reminder to us all for a genuine commitment to try and re-earn trust in our politics, to do politics better, and to be more accessible and accountable to the people and communities we serve.

I am saddened that the Prime Minister has decided that the country needs new leadership to take the referendum result forward but it is a decision I fundamentally respect. Whilst some will undoubtedly disagree with me, I believe the country has been fortunate to have his leadership and he undoubtedly brought many reforms into politics and into our party. However, as the selection of a new Prime Minister begins, the work of Government, the work of Parliament and my work as your local constituency MP must, and will, continue.

With that in mind, Friday was my regular constituency advice surgery, it was an absolute pleasure to be able to accept an invitation to Millfield Primary School in Brownhills and watch their spectacular performance of The Lion King. It was absolutely fantastic! The amount of hard work and effort put in by all those involved both on stage and behind the scenes was very clear. The weekend was rounded off with the Brownhills Canal Festival, a fun day for all. The usual stalls plus entertainment from the Aldridge Ukulele Band, the Mercia Brass Band and boat trips on the canal.