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Behind the scenes at Westminster for Meridian's newly elected MPs

As Parliament prepares for the new batch of MPs following 2019's General Election, we go behind the scenes at Westminster. A number of new MP's have been elected for the Thames Valley, South and South East of the Meridian region.

  • Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby goes behind the scenes. Watch his report here:

There are nine new MPs in the South and Thames Valley region - all Conservative.

  • New MPs in the Thames Valley:

Rob Butler is new for Aylesbury.

Greg Smith is the new Buckingham MP.

David Johnston has been elected for Wantage.

L to R- Rob Butler, Greg Smith, David Johnston.

Laura Farris is new in Newbury.

James Sunderland is the new MP for Bracknell.

L to R- Laura Farris, James Sunderland
  • New MPs in the South:

Paul Holmes is the new Eastleigh MP.

Flick Drummond who was a Portsmouth MP, is new in Meon Valley.

Chris Loder replaces Sir Oliver Letwin in Dorset West.

Andrew Griffith was elected for Arundel & South Downs.

L to R- Paul Holmes, Flick Drummond, Chris Loder, Andrew Griffith

There are five new MPs in Kent and Sussex - all women, all Conservative.

  • New MPs in the South East:

Sally Ann Hart was elected for Hastings & Rye.

Laura Trott replaces Sir Michael Fallon in Sevenoaks.

Mims Davies is the new MP for Mid Sussex - Sir Nicholas Soames retired there.

L to R- Sally Ann Hart, Laura Trott, Mims Davies

Natalie Elphicke's the new MP for Dover, which her husband Charlie represented until earlier this month.

Caroline Ansell returns as Eastbourne MP, a position she occupied between 2015 and 2017, having taken the seat from the Lib Dems.

L to R- Natalie Elphicke, Caroline Ansell

As the Prime Minister Boris Johnson celebrated, behind the scenes at Parliament they were getting ready for a big influx of new MPs.

Previously, you would turn up and just get on with it! These days, there is a full programme of induction.

  • Marianne Cwynarski- Head of reception for new MPs

Navigating is what the first few weeks can be all about- navigating the miles of corridors and staircases. MP's who have been there for decades say they still don't know where everything is.

For a new MP, it can be quite daunting.

Nearly everything MP's say in Parliament is said under the gaze of TV cameras.

  • John Angeli- Director of Broadcasting

There is real history here.

These chairs were sat in by Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee and Margaret Thatcher.

There is real history here. Credit: ITV

This is one of the greatest libraries in Britain, where MP's can come for information and maybe for a bit of light reading.

This is one of the greatest libraries in Britain Credit: ITV
  • Penny Young- House of Commons Librarian

The book borrowed most by MP's is this one...

How Parliament Works - the most borrowed book in Parliament Credit: ITV