Today, Tom Hunt MP had the pleasure of meeting one of the pallbearers for Her late Majesty’s coffin.
Tom Hunt MP: “Today at lunch I was honoured to sit across from Lance Sgt Alex Turner from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards-The King’s Guard (formerly Queen’s Guard). Many may recognise him from Monday – he was one of the pallbearers who did such a fantastic job escorting Her Late Majesty on her final journey.”
Tom Hunt MP: “I have just started something called the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. It will mean spending time learning more about the Army and also engaging with Armed services personnel.”
Tom Hunt MP: “We had a fascinating discussion about his 9 years in the armed services and his experiences of the past couple of weeks. I thanked him on behalf of my constituents for his service to the country and to Her late Majesty. Seeing the pallbearers carry Her late Majesty to her final rest was a real moment of pride for us all.”
Shocked, saddened and beyond despair.
Never again in our lifetimes will we see a Monarch who has given so much to our country and our people. Loved by all. The glue that has bound our Union and Commonwealth together for so long.
Somehow we must find a way to pull together and go on. We will. But it will be hard.
She will live on in our hearts and memories forever.
Today I asked the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about how to turn around the state of the River Gipping.
More and more constituents got in touch with me over the summer about the River Gipping – full of algae, shopping trolleys abandoned, distinctly unloved. This is a local waterway with a lot of potential for public access and usage, which currently we are not taking advantage of. I want to see this change.
I asked the Secretary of State about how to turn it around and improve the River Gipping. I think it is clear that the local authority, Ipswich Borough Council, need to take responsibility here and help us create a more positive future for the waterways and public access to the river.