Rail Minister visits Chippenham constituency to hear about Michelle Donelan’s local campaigns

Wiltshire is steeped in rail history; from the founding of the historic Westinghouse Railway Company, to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s iconic Western Arches railway viaduct in Chippenham and famous Box Tunnel. Rail is vital to our county, not just for our travel, but the thousands of engineering and manufacturing jobs that rely on the industry’s supply…

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate the achievements that women have made and to encourage and inspire more women. I am not a feminist. I am an equalist. I am always weary of any form of segregation which can actually enhance discrimination. Equality is best achieved by celebrating everyone and every kind…

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Crackdown on domestic crime that destroys lives

Domestic violence and abuse is a life-shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime. It destroys lives, wreaks havoc in families and must be stopped. Domestic abuse is defined as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. It does not have to be a physically violent act. Psychological…

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Melksham Council of Community Service secure government funding

I am absolutely delighted that the Melksham Council of Community Service have secured Government funding for two community minibuses to help support local residents who have learning or physical disabilities, elderly residents and those who do not access to commercial public transport. This will really help local residents combat transport issues, social isolation and support…

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Corsham Station one step closer to reality

This week, I organised a meeting in Parliament to expand the group campaigning for a rail service which could serve a re-opened Corsham Station. We now have a coalition of MPs, Councillors and Local Enterprise Partnerships including Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Swindon, Bath and Bristol all agreed to work towards this aim. We must manage expectations, these…

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