Posted on 11th January 2020
Our first event of the year saw Mims Davies, the newly elected MP for Mid Sussex, join us for breakfast at the Hickstead Hotel on January 7th. BHBPA members attended in good numbers, with every seat taken.
Mims is an experienced MP having first been elected in 2010 in Eastleigh. With long standing family ties to Mid Sussex, she is very familiar with Burgess Hill. As Employment Minister within the Department of Work & Pensions her passion for issues such as equality and greater opportunity for all came across very strongly as she spoke. The recurring comments I heard from members, was how pleased they were to both meet Mims, but also to note qualities like her ‘down-to-earthness’, approachability and desire to support business associations like ours.
We look forward to forging a strong relationship with Mims over the coming months and years. And by the way, Mims is seeking to find a suitable constituency office – if you know of a premises that might suit, ideally in Burgess Hill, let me know and I will pass on the necessary contact details.
Our thanks as always to Kellie Mason, GM at the Hickstead, and her team for hosting us so warmly.
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