Three million more people in work

Today’s news of employment figures is fantastic for local people in the Chippenham constituency, figures show the total number of unemployed claimants in the area represents 1.2% of the economically active population. The equivalent UK claimant rate is 2.5%. This rate in the Chippenham constituency is the 110th lowest rate out of the 650 Parliamentary…

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Broughton Gifford Games

Earlier this summer I gave out the medals at the Broughton Gifford Village Games for the third year in a row. I love doing this because the event brings together the local community of all ages and abilities including those with physical disabilities. It’s about having fun together and promotes sport and healthy living. It…

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My mature matters forums

The weather may not reflect it, but summer is in full swing and I have been out and about in the constituency in the past week, meeting constituents, visiting businesses and holding an increased number of surgeries. The highlight of my week was undoubtedly the ‘Mature Matters’ forum in Bradford on Avon. With a focus…

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My local work

We are now in the Parliamentary recess – I always enjoy the summer recess as it gives me the time to get involved with as many local events, meet as many local businesses and hold as many constituent surgeries and pop-ins as possible. With so much focus on international issues and the Brexit negotiations it…

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RTS Group in Chippenham

It was great to recently visit RTS Group who are based in Chippenham but have recently expanded in China. There is growing demand for UK expertise in the automotive industry within China and it is wonderful to see a Chippenham company like this being able to take UK expertise across there. The company itself is…

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Banning microbeads

Yesterday the Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed that legislation would be introduced this year to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in products ranging from toothpastes to shower gels. Several constituents have contacted me regarding the tiny plastic pieces known as “microbeads” and I have in the past written to Ministers asking them to…

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Investment in our NHS

Our NHS is a national treasure, one which I personally want to protect and improve. I am delighted that today the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that hospitals across the country are receiving £325 million in extra capital funding to help the NHS transform care for patients locally. Money is not the only answer…

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