192017Apr

Asking the Prime Minister about fairer funding for Wiltshire schools

Today in Prime Minister’s Questions I asked the Prime Minister to reaffirm her commitment for fairer funding to Wiltshire schools – something I have been campaigning on for years. I also asked for a review of pupil premium to include other forms of key disadvantages, such as being a young carer, mental health problems and…

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82016Dec

Speaking in the Homelessness Reduction Bill Committee

This week on the Homelessness Reduction Bill Committee I spoke about the value of preventing homelessness by helping people early enough and ensuring that we treat people as individuals and develop personal plans based on their unique circumstances. I also emphasised our duty to care leavers. At the moment the current system often exasperates homelessness…

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212016Oct

Restart the Heart Day

In Parliament this week I attended a lesson in CPR as part of Restart the Heart Day. Across the country schools learnt vital lifesaving lessons about what to do if you discover someone who has stopped breathing. Well done to the local schools, including Sheldon, Hardenhuish, Melksham Oak and Corsham who took part. For more…

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222016Jul

Raising my Engineering Festival with Justine Greening

The engineering sector and STEM careers fail to attract students from disadvantaged backgrounds and women. We must challenge perceptions and stereotypes to address our productivity crisis. In September I am hosting Wiltshire’s first Festival of Engineering, to inspire the next generation of designers and engineers from all backgrounds and genders. Yesterday I asked the Secretary…

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