222018Jun

Image Factory Chippenham

The other day it was a pleasure to visit The Image Factory at their fantastic merchandising printing facility in Chippenham. I was delighted to congratulate them on being recognised as one of the 1,000 companies to inspire Britain- awarded by the London Stock Exchange, quite an achievement! Across Wiltshire we are lucky to have hundreds…

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212018Jun

Swift Awareness Week

This week is the first ever Swift Awareness Week (June 16th – 23rd). I recently met representatives from the Bradford on Avon’s Swift Group at the Hilperton Village Fete. Swifts have sadly and shockingly declined by 50% in the last 20 year’s. are one of the few endangered species that individuals really can help in…

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212018Jun

Acquired Brain Injury

This week I was delighted to speak in the debate on Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). ABI is an injury that takes place after birth eg caused by traffic accidents, strokes or assaults. I raised the problems that one of my constituents has faced with the benefits system and emphasised that brain injuries impact all aspects…

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202018Jun

NHS Funding

I have been pushing hard for more funding for our NHS so I’m delighted with the announcement this week of an extra £20 Billion in real terms for our NHS by 2023/24. This is £394 million a week higher in real terms – which is higher than the Leave Campaign promised. It is important however,…

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152018Jun

Local Parking

This week I held a debate in Parliament on parking charges and Wiltshire Council’s proposal to increase parking permits by up to 145% and introduce Sunday and Bank holiday parking charges. I also called on the Government to publish best practice on parking to assist and encourage councils to listen to the stack of evidence…

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142018Jun

Ivory Bill Committee

Another day on the Ivory Bill Committee and another step closer to introducing one of the world’s strictest bans. The number of elephants has declined by almost a third in the last decade and around 20,000 a year are still being slaughtered because of the global demand for ivory. The UK Government continues to show…

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142018Jun

Weekly column 14.06.18

My constituency, like the rest of Wiltshire, has a large population of military veterans who can all too often feel isolated and suffer from mental health problems after leaving active service. I recently asked the Defence Minister what more can be done to support and reassure my constituents that action is being taken on this…

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132018Jun

Year of Engineering

Each year I organise the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering, Design and Technology and I look forward to welcoming thousands of children this October. Yesterday, I asked the Business Minister what plans his department has for this year’s Year of Engineering. Tackling the STEM skills gap is crucial for Wiltshire but also our national economy and…

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122018Jun

Latest ONS stats

I’m delighted to hear that the latest stats released from the Office for National Statistics show that for the three months ending April 2018, the highest employment rate in the UK was in the South West (79.4%). In the UK there were 32.39 million people in work, 146,000 more than for November 2017 to January…

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112018Jun

Support For Military Veterans

The Chippenham constituency and wider Wiltshire has a large population of military veterans who sometimes feel isolated and suffer from mental health problems. In addition to recent announcements by the Ministry of Defence in this area, today I asked the Defence Minister what more can be done to reassure my constituents. He recognised the importance…

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82018Jun

Weekly column 07.06.18

I was deeply disappointed with the recent decision of the United States to apply tariffs to our steel and aluminium exports and I spoke in parliament to highlight the fact that the UK produces some high-value steel, some of which cannot be sourced in the US. I asked the International Trade Secretary what more can…

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52018Jun

Macmillan Cancer tug of war

I enjoyed taking part in the female MP team for Macmillan Cancer tug of war this evening. We won the Jo Cox Memorial Match and dedicated our win to our much missed colleague who enjoyed taking part a few years ago. Macmillan give invaluable support to those diagnosed and their families in Wiltshire and around…

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52018Jun

Unjustified steel tariffs

I was deeply disappointed by the unjustified decision of the United States to apply tariffs to EU steel and aluminium imports. This week I made the point that the UK produce high-value steel, some of which cannot be sourced in the US and I asked the International Trade Secretary what more we can do to…

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