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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262018Nov

FGM

This month, the International Development Secretary has announced the UK will provide up to £50 million in UK aid to help put an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2030. The funding – the largest single investment in FGM in the world ever – will go towards in-country projects across Africa.

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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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182018Nov

Dorothy House

I recently met with 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 towards local health provision. Dorothy House is a fantastic organisation which so many across Wiltshire have a personal connection to, and…

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182018Nov

Type 1 Diabetes

Some constituents have contacted me explaining how unfair it is that as Type 1 Diabetes sufferers they don’t have access to a Freestyle Libre yet other parts of the country offer this. I echoed the injustice to the Secretary of State for Health. I was delighted that this week it was announced that tens of…

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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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172018Nov

Green Cafe – Lacock

The other weekend, I went to the ‘Green Cafe’ which is hosted by the Cornerstone Cafe (formerly the Carpenters Arms) in Lacock. I have been to it before and it is a project initiated by St Cyriacs’ and St Annes’ church and always revive a lovely welcome. The cafe provides a regular monthly opportunity to…

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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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302018Oct

Advice Surgery in Melksham

I recently held an open advice surgery in Asda, Melksham which allowed constituents to have a chat and talk about issues that concern them. I hold surgeries in offices and more confidential settings too but these supermarket sessions are designed to reach everyone including people who have never thought about contacting their MP. The next…

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292018Oct

Budget 2018

Today the Chancellor delivered a Budget that is fair and will help you – here are some of the key announcements (I will elaborate more over the coming days): 💷 Cutting Income tax by raising the personal tax free allowance – saving the average basic rate payer £1,205 a year 💷 National Living Wage to…

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