Steve Talks of Pride in Representing Hometown(December 07, 2012)
Walton MP Steve Rotheram has spoken about ‘the best feeling ever’ when it comes to representing his home city in parliament.
The Labour MP said he is honoured to fight for his constituents and he will never tire of putting their concerns at the heart of parliament.
He said: “It’s the best feeling ever. I mean it, I’m a mad Liverpudlian. I’m not just a Liverpool FC fan but Liverpool is my city. I’m a Scouser through and through.
“For me, despite the fact that some of the policies that the coalition have announced affect Liverpool more than anywhere else in the country, to have the honour and privilege to be fighting on behalf of somewhere like Liverpool Walton is the best feeling ever.”
Reflecting on the past 12 months, Mr Rotheram feels the most significant moment is the announcement in the House of Commons about the Hillsborough Independent Panel report and its findings.
He said: “Before the Prime Minister’s speech that day I was very very nervous. It was the last chance saloon in many respects. If he didn't apologise, we knew the chance to have a Prime Minister do the right thing for the families was gone forever. I found myself, literally for the first time ever, sitting in the Chamber willing him to do well. And to be fair to Cameron, he delivered - not just an apology, but a double apology.
“That for me was a very surreal experience. I’m not sure I’ve seen anything as significant as that in the last 50 years of politics and I don't know that I'll ever see anything like it again in my time in the Commons.”
Despite receiving considerable praise for his involvement in the campaign for justice for the victims of Hillsborough, Mr Rotheram also revealed his less-publicised fight against internet trolling.
He told JMU Journalism: “Hillsborough is not the only issue I am woking on. I’ve been involved in looking at how we tackle the internet hate crime known as trolling and I’ve been leading the House of Commons on that.
“It’s not reported as much as my work on Hillsborough but I’ve spent as much time over the last 12 months researching trolling as anything else I have done.
“And whilst I’m down in Westminster believe me I’m working on hundreds, if not thousands of issues that affect the lives of my constituents that put their trust in my back in May 2010."
The former Lord Mayor of Liverpool also understands the challenges he faces as an MP and has taken to social networking sites in order to be as accessible as possible.
He added: “I understand it’s the MPs that lost the trust of the people; we’ve got to win it back. I have five surgeries a month and I also have open surgeries that people can come to.
“Contact-wise, I’m on Facebook and Twitter. People can also email or write in to me and I’m as accessible as an MP can possibly be.”
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