Dene Magna Secondary School

I enjoyed visiting Dene Magna School in Mitcheldean last week for the opening of their brand new Maths block.

In the picture, I am with the Maths teaching team and afterwards I caught up with the Head Teacher, Stephen Brady (1st on the left in the picture) for an interesting meeting.

Supporting disabled people

One of my roles in Parliament is acting as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Learning Disability. In this role, I work closely with Mencap, the leading voice on learning disability, to support people with a learning disability, their families and their carers.

Fixing our broken housing market

Last week, the Department of Communities and Local Government published a Housing White Paper, an ambitious plan to build the homes Britain needs and create a housing market which works for all.

Election of a Verderer in the Forest of Dean

Next Wednesday, there will be a public meeting at Gloucester Cathedral to elect a new Verderer for the Forest of Dean. It will elect a replacement for Clearwell Caves owner Ray Wright, who sadly died in August 2015.

Short – but perfectly formed. Why the Article 50 Bill needs no amendment

Parliament, always a place where history is made, is taking epoch defining decisions this month.  During its first few days last week, the Commons took an important first vote on an historic piece of legislation, the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, that will allow the Prime Mini

Parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit

Last week, the Government introduced the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. This bill asks Parliament to confer upon the Prime Minister to power to notify the EU of our intention to leave the EU.

1 RIFLES Homecoming Parade

Last Friday, I was delighted to be able to attend the homecoming parade for 1st Battalion The Rifles, based out of Beachley Barracks. 1 RIFLES had been deployed on Operation SHADER, the UK's commitment of support to counter Da’esh operations in Iraq, since August 2015.

National Citizen Service

This week, the House of Commons debated the National Citizen Service Bill. This bill, introduced by the Government, is designed to secure and strengthen the funding and legislative basis for the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.