262018Feb

Overseas voting speech

Thank you Madam Deputy Speaker. I only want to add a few brief words to this debate today, to offer my support for this bill. I strongly support the removal of the arbitrary 15 year time limit on the right to vote for UK citizens living abroad. The current system fails to appreciate the strength…

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192016Mar

Holding a debate to get Design and Technology as a core option for GCSE EBacc subjects

This week I held my first debate, to get Design and Technology as a core option for GCSE EBacc subjects. It is essential that we offer young people the opportunity to taste technical courses that will lead them to good career prospects. Locally we have a skills shortage in engineering and technology related roles –…

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142015Dec

Questioning DCLG about the Chippenham Housing Development Plan

Today I questioned the Department of Communities and Local Government about the Chippenham Housing Development Plan and what measures could be put in place to ensure we do not have a free for all of aggressive planning applications against the best interests of the strategy of the town. You can watch here: http://goo.gl/eMJqxu or listen…

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72015Dec

Questioning the Employment Minister about how we can develop specific strategies to combat long term unemployment in areas with High Employment

This afternoon I questioned the Minister of State for Employment, Priti Patel MP, about how we can develop specific strategies to help areas that have very low levels of unemployment but have proportionally high levels of long term unemployment. This is a problem in the Chippenham constituency and we need to develop plans to help…

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242015Nov

Helping to ensure that more young people leave education ready for work

Recently, I asked the Employment Minister Priti Patel what has been done to ensure that more young people leave education ready for work. Answers in the House have to be quite brief, so I wrote the attached letter to her seeking more information. I am convinced that we must greatly improve the link between business…

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202015Nov

Taking part in the Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education Bill

Michelle Donelan (Chippenham) (Con): Watch the video HERE. May I also commend the hon. Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Teresa Pearce) for introducing this Bill? Today‚Äôs debate is not really about whether we should overload the curriculum; it is about what the true objective of our education system is. What is the purpose of the…

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192015Nov

Asking the Energy Minister about support for the green energy sector

This morning I asked the Energy Minister about support for the green energy sector and local businesses such as Good Energy as Feed-in Tariffs are reformed. I have concerns that if Feed-in-Tariffs are all withdrawn at the same time it may have a significant impact on small and medium sized energy companies who have not…

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