The coffee group at Cowshill, Weardale, recently welcomed Richard Holden MP for one of their coffee mornings.
Across North West Durham, groups of people meet once a week to discuss the issues that are important to them over a cup of jo or an activity. Richard popped into one in Cowshill to chat with residents there about what really matters in Cowshill and beyond.
The issues raised varied from hyper local issues, like bin collection and speeding, to the big political questions that Richard had to really be on his brief to address. Most importantly of all, it was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere where could connect with people and their everyday struggles.
Far too often, a tiny minority of people shout down the silent majority. Morning’s like these are a great opportunity to bend Richard’s ear, no issue is too small for him to consider. Ensuring your local MP is visible, out and about at community events like coffee mornings are an important part of the British political system.
Moreover, being able to freely communicate what you want and need directly to your local MP is a crucial part of democratic participation. At a time where it seems that autocracy is on the march and democracy is on retreat on the global stage, the importance of small things like this cannot be overstated.
Commenting, Richard said:
“One of my favourite parts about being Member of Parliament for North West Durham is being able to connect with everyday people in everyday settings, like Cowshill community’s famous coffee morning. It is a real privilege as I get a great insight into people’s lives.
“I’m delighted that I get the opportunity to attend coffee mornings like these because it gives me a real understanding of what the big issues are to people.
“I would encourage anyone involved in a coffee morning like this to get in touch via … and I will do all I can to be there. I am here to help and I want to have as big an impact on peoples’ everyday lives as possible, so understanding what you want me to assist with is a hugely important part of my work. No problem is too small.”