Grant not battered at fish n’ chips supper
Woodhall Community Centre was host once again to Grant Shapps’ annual Fish ‘n Chips supper on Thursday evening. Over 120 local residents turned out for a chance to be David Dimbleby by posing Mr Shapps with a diverse range of questions from subjects including the fight against the incinerator at the New Barnfield site and the need for regeneration in Hatfield Town Centre, to national issues including the EU, fuel prices and the Olympics.
Attendees enjoyed putting the MP through his paces, exactly a week after Grant had appeared on BBC1 Question Time programme.
One A-level student quizzed Grant on the state of the Coalition and she later commented that, “Grant was very optimistic about the coalition which he said was trying to do the right thing in difficult global economic times. I was very satisfied with the answer he gave.”
The capacity crowd enjoyed the opportunity to put their local MP on the spot. One said, “Grant didn’t have a single note, but was able to answer every question asked. He demonstrated his in-depth knowledge of national affairs.”
However Grant commented, “What’s going on nationally is obviously a big challenge right now, but I actually think that the most important part of my job is right here in Welwyn Hatfield. I was elected by local residents and I don’t think that an MP should ever forget that looking after constituents must always be the number one priority.
“That’s why I like to keep in touch through regular MP’s Surgeries, going out with my MP’s Action Team on a Saturday to knock on doors and of course through events like this Fish ‘n Chips Question Time.”