82018Dec

Weekly Column 06.12.18

Last week I wrote my article on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal – as a Member of Parliament I make every decision with you and our country in mind.  In 2016 I voted remain, which was not an easy decision for a Eurosceptic that does not believe in free movement. As I said at the…

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292018Nov

Weekly Column 29.11.18

Hundreds of people have contacted me about the Brexit deal. I am supporting the Prime Minister because now more than ever we need to get behind the leadership and pull together to deliver Brexit. The referendum produced a leave result and I am committed to honouring that result – I honestly believe that anything else…

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222018Nov

Parking Campaign Worked

The announcement on parking charges this week is a massive victory which will be welcomed by all the community. The change is in response to my campaign and the pressure of the local community on the need to provide more support for our high streets, to which the council and government have listened. Tackling our…

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172018Nov

Weekly Column – 15.11.18

I recently met the management of Dorothy House Hospice and the Bradford on Avon Community Health Team to hear about future plans for the hospice and some of the pioneering approaches being taken to local health provision. Dorothy House is a fantastic organisation which so many across Wiltshire have a personal connection to and a…

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112018Nov

Lest we forget

This year marks the 100 years since the end of the First World War and with it 100 emotions – mainly those of sadness and gratitude. We lost so many men from our towns and in our villages in Wiltshire. We have so much to thank our heroes for, heroes from both the First and…

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12018Nov

Weekly Column 01.11.18

The Chancellor recently delivered his annual Budget to Parliament which was fair and will make sure people have more money in their pockets whilst enjoying better public services. I am delighted that the Chancellor has committed to an additional £20.5bn in funding for the NHS by 2023, something I have personally pushed for over the…

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182018Oct

Weekly column 18.10.18

Recently Cooper Tires announced they are launching a consultation on the long term future of 300 jobs at their site in Melksham. My heart goes out to all of the staff at Cooper Tires whose jobs are currently at possible risk, since the announcement my focus has been to support the affected staff and I…

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112018Oct

Weekly Column 11.10.18

Since being elected I have been touched by the personal stories of those coming to see me seeking help with their mental health issues and support from fantastic local charities or our NHS. Mental health provision, particularly in our younger generations, is something I have spoken on in Parliament many times, fighting for greater funding…

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42018Oct

Weekly Column 06.10.18

This year I have been contacted by hundreds of constituents concerned about the future of local pubs and the pub industry across the UK and the impact which closures have on rural communities. Representing many rural villages and smaller communities, I know only too well the value which pubs bring to an area, providing not…

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292018Sep

Weekly Column 27.09.18

This month sees the start of National Eye Health Week and I will be taking the opportunity to visit the local branch of Specsavers opticians to speak to them about what businesses can do to support eye health and get out the message of how important it is to look after our sight. Recent studies…

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202018Sep

Weekly Column 20.09.18

Since being elected I have aimed to visit at least one local business a week to hear their concerns, share their successes and offer any support I am able to and I recently had the pleasure of visiting the team at Airbus here in the constituency. Airbus has for many years been a large local…

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162018Sep

Weekly Column 13.09.18

It had been a busy start to September with events and visits across the constituency. Regular readers of this column will be aware of my concern around the volume of plastic waste being produced in the UK so it was a delight to be one of the keynote speakers at the Greener Bradford environment and…

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62018Sep

Weekly Column 06.09.18

MPs have been busy in their constituencies over recess. The highlight for me was my MP advice surgery roadshow which highlighted the full range of opinions and concerns across the constituency. Since our return we have been cracking on with important legislation including the bill which will make upskirting illegal and also banning tenant letting…

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22018Sep

Weekly column 30.08.18

Since being elected, one of the topics which I most regularly correspond with constituents on is that of animal welfare and animal rights. Whether domestic pets, farm reared or wild animals, I am passionate about ensuring that the UK does not simply follow the examples of other countries but leads in this area and we…

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242018Aug

Weekly Column 24.08.2018

Alongside visiting 2 businesses per week I also try to meet with as many voluntary organisations and charities as I am able. One such group I met with recently were the Freewheeler volunteer bikers who give up their time to courier blood and other medical supplies from where it is stored to hospitals when it…

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162018Aug

Weekly Column 16.08.18

The latest employment figures for the UK have shown unemployment falling to its lowest level since 1975 (over 40 years ago), something businesses across the UK should be immensely proud of and demonstrating the ongoing strength of the UK economy. Increasing social mobility was the biggest reasons I came into politics and with the South…

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92018Aug

Weekly Column 09.08.18

Over the past month I have conducted my summer roadshow across the constituency holding ‘meet your MP’ events in 15 different towns and villages across the constituency. It has been an absolute delight to visit so many different venues and support so many local businesses as part of this and of course enjoy the fantastic…

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22018Aug

Weekly Column 02.08.18

One key issue which has been dominating my postbag in the past months is the consultation on the planned changes to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision in Wiltshire. I held a meeting with Councillor Laura Mayes, the Cabinet Member for Education on Wiltshire Council and the Portfolio Holder for SEND and safeguarding councillor…

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262018Jul

Weekly column – 26.07.18

It was a honour to attend the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise which rightly recognised how Melksham company Coombe Castle International has become a major competitor in the global market and is richly deserved. Coombe Castle is a brilliant example of what British companies can achieve. This is the fourth time that this…

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