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Business as usual for Harlow Mp Robert Halfon as his first guests in Parliament after scandal are Harlow journalism students

Politics / Wed 18th Nov 2015 at 12:13pm

By Bianca Wild.

So, you are a trainee journalist at Harlow College. Your group is on a visit to see Harlow MP, Robert Halfon on the morning that his affair is splashed all over the national newspapers. You also happen to be on placement with YourHarlow…So, do you bring up the subject…

IT WAS business as usual for Harlow MP Robert Halfon this morning, the day after he admitted to having an affair amid claims that senior Tory aide, Mark Clarke had threatened him with blackmail.

Mr Halfon, 46, met up with University Centre Harlow’s NCTJ journalism students who were on a tour of The Houses of Parliament.

He spoke about his passion for politics and his commitment to the people of Harlow.

Mr Halfon said: “The best thing about being an MP is working hard and serving my constituents.

“I work very, very hard. I’m not a perfect human being, I’ve made mistakes – but I love Harlow.

“I champion Harlow and I work day and night to make sure Harlow has a good voice in Parliament.

“I’ve fought for business to come to the town – we’ve got a new enterprise zone and a Public Health England investment of £350m and that took me five years, we’ve got the new university technical school right by Harlow College, which I fought for again.

“My pride is to work hard for Harlow, but also I have a special affection for Parliament.

“I’ve wanted to be here since I was ten and, despite its problems, I believe it is one of the greatest parliaments in the world.”

Mr Halfon released a statement yesterday in light of the revelations which said: “What I did was wrong, and I feel ashamed. I am not proud of myself. The most important thing to me is to continue to repair my relationship with my partner.”

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