I don’t want to be everyone’s ‘best mate’ says MP.

Ben Howlett MP
Ben Howlett, MP for Bath.

Bath’s MP Ben Howlett is a busy man but – six months into the job – has still been able to find time for all the  people who want his attention or support.

So l was surprised to hear him tell me that he wasn’t setting out to be everyone’s ‘best mate’ in Bath but preferred to be known as the MP who gets things done and who keeps to the plan he said he’d deliver.

Fighting talk which came during an interview the Virtual Museum was granted and which covered his views on a tourist tax for Bath and merging West-Country police forces.

Theatre Royal, Bath.


But first we were discussing the Chancellor’s ‘Autumn Review’ and the fact he had ducked a ‘luvvy bashing’ after he pulled back from making savage cuts to the cultural department.

How would this help a city like Bath where history and heritage and arts and culture was so important.