32018Jun

Weekly Column 31.05.2018

For years I have campaigned against high parking charges in our market towns. They serve only to deter shoppers and strangle our small independent shops. Wiltshire Council has been consulting on charging for parking in Chippenham and other Wiltshire towns on Bank Holidays and Sundays and increasing season ticket prices by up to 115 per…

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242018May

Weekly column 24.05.18

For years I have campaigned against high parking charges in our market towns. They serve only to deter shoppers and strangle our small independent shops. Wiltshire Council has been consulting on charging for parking in Chippenham and other Wiltshire towns on Bank Holidays and Sundays and increasing season ticket prices by up to 115 per…

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172018May

Child bereavement

Losing a child is one of the hardest situations anyone could have to face so last week I spoke in support of a bill to introduce statutory pay. Many small and micro businesses do not have the capacity to pay staff for a period of leave and employees may not be able to afford to…

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172018May

Parking charges

I have campaigned for a reduction of parking charges for years – as a means to rejuvenate our high streets and support local business. However parking charges are controlled by the Council and I have found their position very frustrating especially regarding Chippenham – who pay the highest of all the towns that I represent….

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172018May

Weekly Column 17.05.18

Last month I organised a Crime Forum during the daytime for Corsham residents for them to address questions and concerns directly with the police. I have always sought to be as accessible as possible so arranged another Forum in the evening for those who have commitments during the day. he lively discussion demonstrated that crime…

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142018May

APPG Lyme

On Tuesday, I chaired the first session of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Lyme Disease’s parliamentary enquiry into Lyme Disease in the UK. We interviewed the Chair of the recent NICE Lyme disease Guidelines Committee, Professor Saul Faust and committee member Dr Norma O’Flynn. The minutes from the session will be published. I hope…

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142018May

Corsham Crime Forum

Thank you to everyone who came to my Crime in Corsham Forum at the Springfield Community Campus. A lively discussion demonstrated that perception of crime varies from person to person but there was agreement on the local challenges. What is clear is that if we are to fight for greater resources for Police here in…

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102018May

Weekly Column 10.05.18

I must start this week by congratulating AFC Corsham for their 12-hour football marathon in aid of the charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. This fantastic charity supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British military and with a large military presence in the constituency is close to many people’s hearts. The youth…

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62018May

Tesco in Chippenham

On Friday night I was at Tesco Chippenham from 5pm to 6.30pm. I have been trying to do at least one supermarket surgery a week across the constituency – some in the evening, weekend and week days. These are in addition to private surgeries. I always try to be as accessible as possible and reach…

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32018May

Weekly column 03.05.18

I recently spoke in the debate and voted in favour of the Assault on Emergency Workers Bill which is passing through Parliament at the moment. It is only right that we protect those who work so hard to protect us and ensure that crimes against them are not tolerated in any way. I am delighted…

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12018May

Energy Cap Bill

Yesterday I spoke again on the Energy Cap Bill – arguing the importance of a cap to stop thousands of people in the Chippenham constituency continuing to be ripped off! I have supported this bill throughout including at the Bill Committee stage. I finished with a quote from the Chief Executive of Chippenham’s Good Energy…

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302018Apr

Home Office Questions

Today I asked the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid, if he agrees with me that there is absolutely no question of the Windrush generation’s right to remain here. However this doesn’t mean that policies to combat illegal immigration are less important. Illegal immigration is a crime and to conflate that with the Windrush generation is…

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272018Apr

Supermarket advice surgeries

I have been doing lots of supermarket surgeries recently so shoppers can raise their issues. I have also used the chance to speak to each individual supermarket about what they are doing to tackle the issue of plastic waste and increasing recycling rates. Iceland were the first supermarket brand to commit to eliminate all own…

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