MERIDEN’S MP has said she is ‘feeling positive’ after losing her job as Environment Secretary as part of a major cabinet reshuffle.
Speaking to the Solihull News for the first time since she was dropped from the post in September, Caroline Spelman has vowed to continue to lobby Parliament on the issues important to her constituents.
“I have a lot more time with my constituents and I am able to deal with a lot more issues at ground level, which is obviously a positive thing,” the MP told us.
Mrs Spelman was appointed Environment Secretary following the 2010 General Election, one of only four women awarded a place at the top table.
But two months ago the Conservative MP became a casualty in the first major shake-up of David Cameron’s senior and junior ministers.
Mrs Spelman also reassured her constituents that losing her role as Environment Secretary will not affect the thrust of her arguments against the new high speed rail network (HS2).
She added: “I am still extremely committed to finding the best solution for my constituents in relation to HS2. I will now be able to attend more working groups and become more actively involved.
“I have a meeting with the new transport secretary to talk about impact and mitigation and I still remain committed to the idea of a tunnel, which will reduce the environmental impact.”