Chippenham Young Farmers

Once again I enjoyed the Chippenham Young Farmers Club Annual Harvest Supper. I’ve been going for years and it’s such a great event. I was once a Young Farmer myself and the event is organised to for the Chippenham Young Farmers Club. Those in the community who used to be Young Farmers attend bringing the…

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Weekly column 18.10.18

Recently Cooper Tires announced they are launching a consultation on the long term future of 300 jobs at their site in Melksham. My heart goes out to all of the staff at Cooper Tires whose jobs are currently at possible risk, since the announcement my focus has been to support the affected staff and I…

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Cooper Tires

Last week Cooper Tires announced they are launching a consultation on the long term future of 300 jobs in Melksham. My heart goes out to all of the staff at Cooper Tires who are currently at possible risk. Since the announcement my focus has been to support the affected staff and I have been working…

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Dementia Roadshow

The other week I was delighted to visit the Dementia Roadshow in Melksham to meet the workers and volunteers of the Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia affects over 6,900 people in Wiltshire alone and the Alzheimer’s Society are providing free information and advice to anyone who needs it. The Roadshow is an essential part of raising awareness…

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Weekly Column 11.10.18

Since being elected I have been touched by the personal stories of those coming to see me seeking help with their mental health issues and support from fantastic local charities or our NHS. Mental health provision, particularly in our younger generations, is something I have spoken on in Parliament many times, fighting for greater funding…

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Weekly Column 06.10.18

This year I have been contacted by hundreds of constituents concerned about the future of local pubs and the pub industry across the UK and the impact which closures have on rural communities. Representing many rural villages and smaller communities, I know only too well the value which pubs bring to an area, providing not…

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Weekly Column 27.09.18

This month sees the start of National Eye Health Week and I will be taking the opportunity to visit the local branch of Specsavers opticians to speak to them about what businesses can do to support eye health and get out the message of how important it is to look after our sight. Recent studies…

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Weekly Column 20.09.18

Since being elected I have aimed to visit at least one local business a week to hear their concerns, share their successes and offer any support I am able to and I recently had the pleasure of visiting the team at Airbus here in the constituency. Airbus has for many years been a large local…

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Weekly Column 13.09.18

It had been a busy start to September with events and visits across the constituency. Regular readers of this column will be aware of my concern around the volume of plastic waste being produced in the UK so it was a delight to be one of the keynote speakers at the Greener Bradford environment and…

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Weekly Column 06.09.18

MPs have been busy in their constituencies over recess. The highlight for me was my MP advice surgery roadshow which highlighted the full range of opinions and concerns across the constituency. Since our return we have been cracking on with important legislation including the bill which will make upskirting illegal and also banning tenant letting…

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Weekly column 30.08.18

Since being elected, one of the topics which I most regularly correspond with constituents on is that of animal welfare and animal rights. Whether domestic pets, farm reared or wild animals, I am passionate about ensuring that the UK does not simply follow the examples of other countries but leads in this area and we…

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Weekly Column 24.08.2018

Alongside visiting 2 businesses per week I also try to meet with as many voluntary organisations and charities as I am able. One such group I met with recently were the Freewheeler volunteer bikers who give up their time to courier blood and other medical supplies from where it is stored to hospitals when it…

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Blood Bike service

Today is the national day to recognise the Blood Bike service. I recently met with some of the Freewheelers volunteer bikers who give up their time. This charity covers a vast area including Wiltshire to courier blood and other urgent medial supplies to hospitals. Plus they supply fresh blood to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. They even…

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Weekly Column 16.08.18

The latest employment figures for the UK have shown unemployment falling to its lowest level since 1975 (over 40 years ago), something businesses across the UK should be immensely proud of and demonstrating the ongoing strength of the UK economy. Increasing social mobility was the biggest reasons I came into politics and with the South…

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Weekly Column 09.08.18

Over the past month I have conducted my summer roadshow across the constituency holding ‘meet your MP’ events in 15 different towns and villages across the constituency. It has been an absolute delight to visit so many different venues and support so many local businesses as part of this and of course enjoy the fantastic…

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