Throughout my nearly two years as a Member of Parliament, I am often asked why I have never voted against the Government or abstained.
The answer is two-fold. Firstly, the vast majority of people who voted for me in 2010 did so because of the one word after my name: "Conservative." I owe it to them to support the Government and David Cameron in particular. Despite being referred to on these pages as a "campaigning maestro” and as displaying "true grit", I know that, without that one word, I would not have been elected.
Secondly, I have discovered the many different options available to backbench MPs to raise important constituency issues with Ministers. These range from the ineffective signing of EDMs to the more effective tactics of writing to the Minister directly, presenting petitions, grabbing a moment in the division lobby or arranging a formal meeting. Used correctly, these make far more difference to my constituents' concerns than voting against the party line.
I promised to be a strong voice for Brighton Kemptown in Parliament and I try hard at all times to do this.