It’s easy to have a black and white view of MPs - but spend time in their company and you’ll see how many balls they juggle

Slow moving traffic on the A47 at Honingham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Slow moving traffic on the A47 at Honingham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Doing this job can open up opportunities that many other vocations simply don't - it's one of the many things that make the stress and long hours worth it!

One of those is the chance to relatively regularly head down to the Houses of Parliament, whether it is to present a petition, meet an MP or catch up with our political editor Annabelle Dickson.

One of the things that has always impressed me about Parliament is how open and accessible it is to general members of the public.

And while we live in delicate times where our public servants no doubt need to be protected more than ever before, that can only be a good thing for encouraging democracy to thrive, as well as keeping people interested in politics.

I'm also always impressed by the security staff who protect both Houses from those hell-bent on wrongdoing.


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They're doing possibly one of the most important jobs there is, but always give you a warm and friendly welcome, address people as Sir or Madam and don't make you automatically feel like a criminal while going through the various security checks.

Airport operators take note that it can be possible to do such a job with a smile on your face!

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However, this is all an aside for the main topic I want to cover - Norfolk's MPs. My latest trip to London was to spend the day holding 30 minute catch up sessions with the likes of Clive Lewis, Keith Simpson and Richard Bacon et al. It was a whirlwind day but fascinating on many levels.

What really hit home was just how many balls our representatives in parliament have to juggle (and I don't mean Ed) as well as how many topics they have to keep on top of. Each discussion with the various representatives was completely different to the last.

We covered housing, crime, the impact of Brexit, the region's roads, mental health and all manner of local issues in their constituencies.

Not once did I get the impression the MP sat in front of me didn't know the subject they were talking about - or that they didn't care about it.

As journalists it's our job to scrutinise our MPs and help you to decide whether they are doing a good job or not.

Some people have a very black and white outlook on public servants - they either fit into their bad books or good ones.

The truth is its much more complicated than that and whatever your views on their political outlook these are people working very hard, for not the greatest reward on something they passionately believe in.

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