Over 40 members of the association heard Anne Milton, MP for Guildford since 2005, give us a fascinating glimpse into current politics at Westminster at last Friday’s Autumn Supper Club. Anne ran us through her interesting political career - having previously worked as a nurse in the NHS for 25 years - including as Public Health Minister and as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in the Whips Office when she had to send regular reports to the Queen about proceedings in the House of Commons. Anne was only the fifth woman MP to have the Vice-Chamberlain role and she was the first woman MP to be Deputy Chief Whip. Anne also updated us on her current important role as Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills.
Anne voted Remain but as Public Health Minister she saw the European Commission in action where many local pharmacies and slaughterhouses were forced to close because of European regulations helping bigger business. Anne said she thought there would be a deal with Europe and that Theresa May was the best person - being calm and focused - to get the right arrangement for Britain. She talked about the impact of the Brexit debate on the Conservative Party and urged members to come together because otherwise we will be facing the worst possible alternative of a Jeremy Corbyn government. Havant MP Alan Mak thanked Anne for her very interesting speech and led the guests in a big round of applause.
Everyone is welcome to the Supper Club and the next event is on Thursday 6th December.