Surrey gets David Cameron's vote at Parliament
PUBLISHED: 13:56 01 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:45 03 December 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron was one of the first people to catch sight of the new Christmas edition of Surrey Life when he was presented with a copy by editor Caroline Harrap at a special showcase of our county at the Houses of Parliament.
Around 150 MPs, Peers and parliamentary staff attended the Taste of Surrey event to discover more about what our county has to offer – from enjoying samples of our delicious local produce to learning about our spectacular countryside and our many thriving visitor attractions.
Organised by Visit Surrey's Christine Howard, who earlier this year received a Points of Light award from 10 Downing Street for her outstanding work in the community, with help from project manager Anna Tomkins and the founder of Local Food Surrey, Tracy Carroll, the event was the brainchild of MP for Guildford, Anne Milton.
It saw our county represented by a number of specially invited ambassadors for Surrey, including representatives from the Four Gables Food Academy, Albury Organic Vineyard, the Chalk Hills Bakery, Loseley Park, G Live and Surrey Life magazine - to name but a few.
“It really was the most wonderful day for our county,” says Surrey Life editor Caroline Harrap. “To see all the MPs enjoying Surrey’s finest produce and tasting our excellent local wines, as they learnt about our burgeoning food and drink scene and our unique landscape and thriving culture, was quite something.
“And when David Cameron arrived, it really was the icing on the cake.
“Naturally, we were delighted to give him one of the first copies of our Christmas edition hot off the press!”
After a presentation of a large hamper full of Surrey fare, Mr Cameron took time to chat with local producers, enjoying samples of Surrey wine and commenting on up-coming events in the county, including the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in Runnymede.
Among the Surrey MPs attending the event were Chris Grayling, Michael Gove, Sir Paul Beresford, Philip Hammond and Sam Gyimah.