Local Columns

Read my local columns in the Forester and the Gloucester Citizen, which are published weekly on Wednesdays.


The Spring Statement

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the Spring Statement and he had some excellent news: thanks to the hard work of the British people we are forecast to see the first sustained fall in debt, relative to the size of the economy, for over 17 years.

A new Agriculture Policy post-Brexit

Brexit gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design an agricultural policy that will stand the test of time. For more than forty years, the EU has decided how we farm our land, the food we grow and rear, and the state of the natural environment.

Recognising excellence in our NHS

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the NHS later this year, NHS England and other NHS partners have launched the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

Investing in policing

All local residents deserve to feel safe in their homes and in their communities. That is why this Government is increasing police spending and continuing to reform policing so it is more efficient and productive.

Supporting Parents with Childcare

This Government understands that paying for childcare can be a daunting task for families trying to make ends meet. To help parents with childcare costs, the Government has spent more than any government before - a record £6bn a year by 2020.

Centenary of votes for women

Last Tuesday was the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 becoming law, which first introduced votes for women.

Faster broadband

The Government and Gloucestershire County Council have been working to help improve rural broadband speeds in the Forest of Dean and across Gloucestershire.

Employment at record levels

Recent figures released by the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that employment in the UK continues to be at its highest rate on record, at 75.3%, with over 32 million people now in work, up 415,000 in the past year and over 3 million since 2010.

Driving higher education standards

Last week, the new Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, unveiled a package of measures to drive up standards and increase opportunities in the schools and areas most in need, giving more children the best possible start in life.

A cleaner, greener Britain

Last week the Prime Minister launched the 25 Year Environment Plan, highlighting the steps the Government will be taking to leave our environment in a better state than we found it for the next generation, delivering a cleaner, greener Britain.