172018May

Child bereavement

Losing a child is one of the hardest situations anyone could have to face so last week I spoke in support of a bill to introduce statutory pay. Many small and micro businesses do not have the capacity to pay staff for a period of leave and employees may not be able to afford to…

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172018May

Parking charges

I have campaigned for a reduction of parking charges for years – as a means to rejuvenate our high streets and support local business. However parking charges are controlled by the Council and I have found their position very frustrating especially regarding Chippenham – who pay the highest of all the towns that I represent….

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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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142018May

APPG Lyme

On Tuesday, I chaired the first session of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Lyme Disease’s parliamentary enquiry into Lyme Disease in the UK. We interviewed the Chair of the recent NICE Lyme disease Guidelines Committee, Professor Saul Faust and committee member Dr Norma O’Flynn. The minutes from the session will be published. I hope…

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142018May

Corsham Crime Forum

Thank you to everyone who came to my Crime in Corsham Forum at the Springfield Community Campus. A lively discussion demonstrated that perception of crime varies from person to person but there was agreement on the local challenges. What is clear is that if we are to fight for greater resources for Police here in…

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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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62018May

Tesco in Chippenham

On Friday night I was at Tesco Chippenham from 5pm to 6.30pm. I have been trying to do at least one supermarket surgery a week across the constituency – some in the evening, weekend and week days. These are in addition to private surgeries. I always try to be as accessible as possible and reach…

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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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