82018Jun

Weekly column 07.06.18

I was deeply disappointed with the recent decision of the United States to apply tariffs to our steel and aluminium exports and I spoke in parliament to highlight the fact that the UK produces some high-value steel, some of which cannot be sourced in the US. I asked the International Trade Secretary what more can…

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32018Jun

Weekly Column 31.05.2018

For years I have campaigned against high parking charges in our market towns. They serve only to deter shoppers and strangle our small independent shops. Wiltshire Council has been consulting on charging for parking in Chippenham and other Wiltshire towns on Bank Holidays and Sundays and increasing season ticket prices by up to 115 per…

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242018May

Weekly column 24.05.18

For years I have campaigned against high parking charges in our market towns. They serve only to deter shoppers and strangle our small independent shops. Wiltshire Council has been consulting on charging for parking in Chippenham and other Wiltshire towns on Bank Holidays and Sundays and increasing season ticket prices by up to 115 per…

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172018May

Weekly Column 17.05.18

Last month I organised a Crime Forum during the daytime for Corsham residents for them to address questions and concerns directly with the police. I have always sought to be as accessible as possible so arranged another Forum in the evening for those who have commitments during the day. he lively discussion demonstrated that crime…

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102018May

Weekly Column 10.05.18

I must start this week by congratulating AFC Corsham for their 12-hour football marathon in aid of the charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. This fantastic charity supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British military and with a large military presence in the constituency is close to many people’s hearts. The youth…

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32018May

Weekly column 03.05.18

I recently spoke in the debate and voted in favour of the Assault on Emergency Workers Bill which is passing through Parliament at the moment. It is only right that we protect those who work so hard to protect us and ensure that crimes against them are not tolerated in any way. I am delighted…

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252018Apr

Weekly column: 25 April 2018

Last month I asked the Prime Minister whether she would commission a national enquiry into adverse childhood experiences (such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism in the family and parental separation), as studies show that children who suffer four or more of these are far more likely to suffer with mental health problems, suicidal tendencies,…

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192018Apr

Weekly column 19.04.18

In the last few days I have received correspondence from constituents regarding the recent actions taken in Syria. I want to make it clear that I fully support the Prime Minister’s decision to join French and American forces to take action to degrade the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons and deter their use. I think it…

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222018Feb

My weekly column

I have received a lot of correspondence recently from constituents concerned about crime in the Corsham area and the feeling that it is not being tackled robustly. On the back of this I organised an open forum to listen to these concerns directly and invited along elected council representatives and the police to provide people…

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