122019Jan

Pensions Cold Calling

Companies that make unwanted, unsolicited phone calls to people about their pensions may now face enforcement action, including fines of up to half a million pounds. The pensions cold calling ban has come into effect from yesterday, helping to keep people protected and ensure pensioners have dignity and security in retirement. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pensions-cold-calling-banned. One of the most…

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92019Jan

Investing in social workers

I have welcomed the announcement that we will be investing £45m to train 900 new children’s social workers. Social workers are often unsung heroes who help to offer care and support to some of the most vulnerable families and children in Wiltshire and the country https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-announced-to-train-900-new-childrens-social-workers

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62019Jan

Road closures (Corsham)

Wiltshire Council has made an order to temporarily close the following roads on 11 February 2019 and the closure will be required between the hours of 19:00 and 06:00 until 12 February 2019. A) Corsham Road (Part), Lacock; from its junction with the A350 for a distance of approximately 200 metres in a westerly direction….

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22019Jan

New 16-17 Railcard

A brand new railcard, guaranteeing 50% off all rail travel for 16-17 year-olds is being introduced & the new 26-30 railcard will also cut 1/3rd off travel. Added to the existing 18-25 railcard, this will mean discounted rail travel for ages 16-30. Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/grayling-slashes-rail-fares-for-a-generation-of-rail-passengers

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272018Dec

Weekly column 02.01.2019

It is with great sadness that I write this final column, as the Gazette & Herald has decided to remove the page which contains the columns of Wiltshire MPs. I shall continue to publish a regular article on www.michelledonelan.com and my Facebook page FB.com/michelledonelanchippenham. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading…

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242018Dec

Armed Forces

Wiltshire has many proud links with our armed forces, and I wish both those serving and veterans living in Wiltshire, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I echo the Prime Ministers recent words about recognising the unique commitment our armed forces make. All of us in Wiltshire know that we have the…

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202018Dec

Dymag Chippenham

It is absolutely brilliant news to hear that local Chippenham company Dymag are set to expand their operations in Chippenham. They currently employ 32 skilled staff and are at the forefront of manufacturing carbon hybrid wheels where they work with some of the world’s leading performance original equipment manufacturers. With a move to larger premises…

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192018Dec

Community Carols

Lovely to attend the Community carols event at Sheldon Road Methodist Church. The event was truly a great afternoon as well as a welcomed break from Brexit! The community event got people together with carols by pupils from Ivy Lane School and the Allsorts choir. Community is part of the church’s vision which is why…

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132018Dec

Weekly column 13.12.18

I wrote this article on the day the PM faces a no confidence vote. I am confident she will win – to swap horses mid-race would be disastrous. This vote is not about who leads the Conservatives into the next election, but it is about whether it makes sense to change leaders at this vital…

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122018Dec

Confidence

Today the day the PM faces a confidence vote. I am sure she will win – to swap horses mid race would be disastrous. This vote is not about who leads the Conservatives into the next election but it is about whether it makes sense to change leader at this vital point in the Brexit…

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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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