It has been a privilege to serve as the MP for Windsor since 2005.
Since 2005 it has been my privilege to serve as the MP for Windsor. I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with proactive, conscientious Councillors and I’ve been able to make a real difference to the lives of those who need it most. That’s exactly why I came into politics.
Windsor is a truly special part of the country. Our area contains some of the most beautiful towns and villages in the whole country. We have historic buildings; great parks, hills and lakes; and not one but two race courses. We are a garrison town with a rich military history, and we have a royal presence in Windsor Castle. I’m proud of our heritage; it’s what makes our area so unique.
Windsor is a lovely place to live, and a fantastic place to visit and explore.
At the centre of the constituency is the historic town of Windsor, famous for Windsor Castle. Today HM The Queen spends most of her private weekends here. The town also contains beautiful cobbled market streets beside the River Thames; Eton College, one of Britain’s oldest institutions, and The Savill Garden, one of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens.
Within the constituency, there are many charming historic villages, including Ascot, Clewer, Datchet, Eton, Sunninghill, Sunningdale, Horton and Wraysbury. Many of these villages date back to the Middle Ages and contain early Norman churches, like St Michael and All Angels in Horton. Ascot also contains the famous Ascot Racecourse which hosts one of the world’s most famous annual horse races, Royal Ascot.
Binfield, Warfield and Winkfield are within the constituency. These are busy, friendly villages. Alexander Pope, the British poet, grew up and wrote a lot of his poetry in Binfield, and the famous brickmakers of Warfield helped restore 10 Downing Street.
The constituency contains Colnbrook and Poyle which straddle the lovely Colne Brook and Wraysbury River.
Windsor and the surrounding areas have a very rich history.
Visitors can visit Windsor Castle, which was originally built by William the Conqueror in the 1000s. Tourists can also see Windsor’s old cobble streets, its traditional British buildings and the Royal grounds, like Windsor Great Park. In the 14th and 15th Centuries, Windsor was one of the wealthiest towns in Britain because the presence of the Royal Family, which brought many of London’s most famous merchants to the town.
As a garrison town, Windsor also has a venerable military history from the English Civil War in the 1600s to Afghanistan in recent years. Alongside the people of Windsor, I am always thankful for the dedication of our armed forces. We must never underestimate the contributions made by veterans to our freedom and security.
For 200 years Combermere Barracks in Windsor has been home to the Household Cavalry Regiment. Though the Household Cavalry Regiment are in the process of relocating to Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire as part of plans to reform the British Army they leave behind a rich legacy in Windsor’s history. I am sure that Windsor will become as equally a welcome home to the Welsh Guards Regiment.