The General Election produced a record nine Members of Parliament who cut their political teeth in the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency. Seven MPs hailing from the local area were voted into the House of Commons in this year’s General Election, joining Peter Lilley – who was first elected in 1983, and Conor Burns – from the 2010 intake, in Westminster.
Peter said, “It is a great pleasure to be joined in Parliament by so many MPs who cut their teeth in this area. There are now nine of us – Conor Burns and Jeremy Quin (whom I recruited when they were still at school); three former local councillors – Nigel Huddleston, Seema Kennedy and Heidi Allen; our former Conservative Association Chairman, Matt Warman; Oliver Dowden, who won nearby Hertsmere, and Byron Davies, who won the Gower for the Conservatives for the first time in living memory.
“There must be something in the local air! Maybe it is the spirit of Magna Carta – the precursor of which was drafted by Archbishop Langton in St. Albans Abbey – that makes us all keen to promote ‘freedom under the law’.
“Recently over 100 young people from Hitchin and Harpenden came to Parliament at my invitation to see how it works. Conor Burns told them it was a similar visit which inspired him to set his sights on Parliament. I hope among this year’s visitors will be future MPs – of all parties – who will follow in our footsteps. Westminster may be the Mother of Parliaments but our part of Hertfordshire is the training ground of MPs.”
– MPs on the roof of the House of Commons left to right: Nigel Huddleston – MP for Mid Worcestershire, Rt Hon Peter Lilley – MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, Seema Kennedy – MP for South Ribble, Byron Davies – MP for Gower, Matt Warman – MP for Boston and Skegness, Oliver Dowden – MP for Hertsmere