Supermarket advice surgeries

I have been doing lots of supermarket surgeries recently so shoppers can raise their issues. I have also used the chance to speak to each individual supermarket about what they are doing to tackle the issue of plastic waste and increasing recycling rates. Iceland were the first supermarket brand to commit to eliminate all own…

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Lobby Day

Last week I was interviewed by BBC Wiltshire radio about Lobby Day. This is annual day when MPs meet with the National Association of Councils and some of their councillors. Chippenham Town Council came to meet with me in Parliament and we discussed localism and devolution. Listen here.

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Crime in Corsham Forum

I am organising a Crime in Corsham forum. It will be taking place on Friday the 16th of February between 10-11 am at the Pavillion, Roundwood Way off Westwells Road, Corsham SN13 9RD. Open to all, hope to see you there. In attendance will be Wiltshire Police Inspector Mark Luffman and members of Corsham Town…

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Post office in Hilperton

This week I cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the brand-new post office in Hilperton which will offer services from a low-screened and open planned counter at Richardson’s Budgens, 9 Hackett Place. The Post Office will be a great asset to all the community in Hilperton. The fact that the branch is…

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Broughton Gifford Games

Earlier this summer I gave out the medals at the Broughton Gifford Village Games for the third year in a row. I love doing this because the event brings together the local community of all ages and abilities including those with physical disabilities. It’s about having fun together and promotes sport and healthy living. It…

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The Homelessness Reduction Act

One of my proudest moments in Parliament. Yesterday the Homelessness Reduction Bill received Royal Assent and became law in the country, the Homelessness Reduction Act. I worked tirelessly to help get this Private Members Bill through – speaking at all stages and sitting on the Bill Committee. Prevention is the key and this act seeks…

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The Green Cafe in Lacock

Last weekend, I went to the ‘Green Cafe’ which is hosted by the Cornerstone Cafe (formerly the Carpenters Arms) in Lacock. This is an exciting new project initiated by St Cyriacs’ and St Annes’ church. The cafe provides a regular monthly opportunity to meet others over a cup of tea combatting loneliness and building a…

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate the achievements that women have made and to encourage and inspire more women. I am not a feminist. I am an equalist. I am always weary of any form of segregation which can actually enhance discrimination. Equality is best achieved by celebrating everyone and every kind…

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Tackling homelessness

Click HERE to read my latest column in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald and Wiltshire Times The causes of homelessness are complicated and involve not just jobs and house prices, but mental health, family breakdown, drug misuse and many other complicated issues. I am committed to tackling homelessness locally and I am glad that this…

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