NEWS helicopters buzzed overhead as newly-elected Chester MP Stephen Mosley spoke to The Chronicle from the terrace overlooking the River Thames at the Houses of Parliament.
“It’s absolutely awe-inspiring,” said Tory member Mr Mosley, who beat Labour’s Christine Russell by securing a 2,500 majority .
“Now I’m here you just feel the weight of responsibility on your shoulders, especially because of what has happened over the last two or three days.”
He has been at the centre of the political whirlwind that has embroiled the whole country but is positive about the future.
“I have been absolutely amazed with how David Cameron, George Osborne and William Hague have kept the Parliamentary party briefed.”
He said policy compromises were inevitable to ensure the Liberal Democrat coalition partners were on board.
“We all supported the leadership because we want a strong, stable government and to start solving the problems the country faces.”
Mr Mosley, who is staying in a Premier Inn until he sorts out his London accommodation, said new MPs had been inducted into the House and informed about the new parliamentary standards regime in the light of the expenses scandal.
“We need to treat public money as we treat our own money,” he said. “We have a new parliament and we have to do things differently.”
Mr Mosley, who lives in Westminster Park, says it will be ‘very hard’ being away from his wife Caroline and young children Abraham and Minty, during the week.
He hopes to win Lottery funding for the arts in Chester and to secure new jobs for the city by talking to potential investors and relevant public bodies. His email in-box is already full with messages from well-wishers plus constituents seeking his help.