A good response on the doorstep today in Newnham-on-Severn as I called on residents. Many I managed to speak to face to face and left a card for those I didn’t catch. I canvass regularly across the constituency, all year round, and listen to the views and concerns of residents. This interaction is vitally important in helping me represent the Forest of Dean in Parliament.
It was a fresh morning, but a warm reception on the doorstep. Many residents had concerns about issues surrounding the economy, inflation and small boats and I was able to provide an update to them on the work the Government has been doing to tackle these problems with the Autumn Statement having landed well this week.
It was also a useful time for me to update some of those I spoke to on the work Government and Gloucestershire County Council are doing on fixing potholes and local roads, with an extra £2.8 million in funding for roads in this year and the next. I also had positive feedback on my decision to extend the £2 bus fare cap to the end of 2024.