I am grateful to the people for re-electing me

I am hugely grateful to the people of Tynemouth for re-electing me as their MP but naturally disappointed that the government did not change.

I met colleagues in the aftermath of defeat before going to Wembley to see North Shields deservedly win the FA Vase.

There’s no trophy for election night losers only inevitable inquests and early thoughts of plans to bounce back.

The House of Commons takes a while to get started with practical things like getting an office and the tradition of being sworn in.

First the Speaker was successfully re-elected.

Proceedings have been overshadowed by a bizarre SNP row about where they, as the third party, think they should sit. They targeted the seats of the new Father of the House, Gerald Kaufman, and the iconic Dennis Skinner. With nearly 90 years between them as MPs they proved unwise targets, seeing off the Scots and keeping their places.

After the big election issues like the economy, devolution and Europe it’s odd that for the SNP where they sit is such a priority.

The Queen’s Speech opens Parliament with pomp and ceremony then it’s back to opposition in Westminster and surgeries, issues and events in my constituency.

A timely reminder that whatever the election outcome our country faces important choices and challenges – more important than which seat you sit in.