32018Aug

Heaven Scent

It was a pleasure to visit Heaven Scent, a fantastic local business operating out of Bradford on Avon and Holt. Employing over 50 local residents and driving growth in the organic candle and cosmetics market. This local job creator and manufacturer is another great example of the dynamic and innovative businesses we have here in…

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22018Aug

Weekly Column 02.08.18

One key issue which has been dominating my postbag in the past months is the consultation on the planned changes to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision in Wiltshire. I held a meeting with Councillor Laura Mayes, the Cabinet Member for Education on Wiltshire Council and the Portfolio Holder for SEND and safeguarding councillor…

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262018Jul

Weekly column – 26.07.18

It was a honour to attend the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise which rightly recognised how Melksham company Coombe Castle International has become a major competitor in the global market and is richly deserved. Coombe Castle is a brilliant example of what British companies can achieve. This is the fourth time that this…

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202018Jul

Plugging the STEM skills gap

One of the UK economy’s biggest challenges is the STEM skills gap which is identified in the Industrial Strategy. Tackling the skills gap is something that I have raised repeatedly as an MP and is particularly relevant to Wiltshire, which is a hub of engineering design and technology. This week I asked the Business Minister…

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192018Jul

Universal Credit

Last week, I highlighted to the House that 83% of claimants are happier on Universal Credit than the previous system and that they are more likely to be in a job within the first six months. Universal Credit simplifies the system and is designed to help people to get back into work. The policy has…

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192018Jul

Weekly Column – 19.07.18

As a member of the Education Select Committee, I had the pleasure of visiting the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology meeting staff, students and hearing about Dyson’s pioneering in-house degree apprenticeships and the benefit they will bring to Wiltshire. This is an innovative model which allows for students to receive an income as they…

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182018Jul

UK and NATO

This week, I asked the Prime Minister if she agreed with me that it is right that the UK meets our NATO target and increases it in real terms each year. I also made the point that it is about time that all NATO members delivered their commitment to the 2% target.

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182018Jul

Visiting Dyson

Last Thursday I visited the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology with the Education Select Committee. I met staff and students and was able to hear about how Dyson’s pioneering in-house degree apprenticeships are working here in Wiltshire. The first cohort of undergraduate engineers joined the Dyson Institute in September 2017, all of which had…

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162018Jul

Asking the Defence Secretary to update the House about the threat to British citizens from the Russian State

Last week, I asked the Defence Secretary to update the House about the threat to British citizens from the Russian State following the tragic announcement of the death of Dawn Sturgess in Wiltshire. I will work with the Home Secretary and MP for Salisbury, John Glen to ensure that Wiltshire is safe and properly supported.

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