Taking pleasure in the small things...

PUBLISHED: 13:57 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

Being an MP can be just as frustrating or satisfying as any other job. But sometimes it's the little things, rather than grand issues of State, that leave you feeling best of all.

Being an MP can be just as frustrating or satisfying as any other job. But sometimes it's the little things, rather than grand issues of State, that leave you feeling best of all.

In my case it was three visits I made in the week before Christmas. The first was a beautiful carol service in All Saints Church, where I read one of the lessons. The church has a lovely acoustic, so you always hear the music at it best. But best of all was the choir, which was brilliant, although the rest of us in the congregation were in pretty good voice too.

Then I went on to do one of those 'review of the year' shows on Sunshine Radio at Weston Hospital. We touched on everything from Barack Obama (I still smile whenever I remember that 2009 brought America its first ever black President) to Susan Boyle singing on 'X factor' and Terry Wogan's last breakfast show on Radio 2. It was great fun, and I hope we cheered everybody up who had to be in hospital over Christmas.

And finally, on Christmas Eve itself, I went to help out with Comfort at Christmas. They provide a square meal and a safe place to sleep for anybody living rough in Weston over Christmas. Normally they have about 30 - 40 customers, but numbers can climb to well over 60 on Christmas day itself. I helped dish out the lunch, and cleared up afterwards, but the hardest work is done by a dedicated group of volunteers who cover the entire Christmas period. They do an amazing job and, if anyone embodies the spirit of Christmas, it's probably them.


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