There has been some confusion about a vote in the House of Commons on the Environment Bill, leading some to reach the conclusion that MPs ‘voted to allow water companies to pollute our waterways with no consequences’. This is not correct.
On Friday I had the pleasure of opening the Forest of Dean Growth Hub at Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean. This new site, a flagship project of GFirst LEP and part of Gloucestershire’s Growth Hub Network, will enable local businesses to grow.
I know from my conversations with constituents that, over the last 18 months, international travel has proved troublesome for many families across the Forest of Dean, from those wishing to go on holiday to those hoping to visit relatives.
With the final military evacuation from Afghanistan complete, a significant cross-government effort called Operation Warm Welcome is underway to ensure Afghans arriving in the UK receive the vital support they need and integrate into their local communities.
I want to start with a few comments about the situation in Afghanistan. Over 14 days, the UK has airlifted 15,000 people in 165 flights from Kabul. This includes British nationals and vulnerable Afghans who have supported UK operations over the years.
In April, colleagues and I wrote to the Prime Minister making the case for a Government-backed insurance scheme that would give the live events industry the confidence it needs to plan ahead without fear of incurring losses due to Covid restrictions - something insurance companies have refused to