Funding for the Forest of Dean

Some great news for the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire as a whole thanks to the £11.3 million from the Government’s £900 million ‘Getting Building Fund’, topped up by £450,000 from the Gfirst LEP.

Supporting our armed forces

On Saturday, we marked the 75th Anniversary of the Victory over Japan and the end of the Second World War.

My thoughts on exam results

As you almost certainly will have heard by now, Ofqual and the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson have apologised for the stress they caused and decided that students will be awarded their centre assessment grade for this summer - that is, the grade their school or college estimated was the gra

Exam results

In March, the Government announced that it had taken the difficult decision, in light of the public health emergency, to cancel all GCSE, AS and A level exams due to take place in schools and colleges in England this summer.

Levelling up opportunity

The Government is more committed than ever to levelling up opportunity for the next generation in every part of the UK.
Schools are already benefiting from a £2.6bn increase in funding this year, which will rise to £4.8bn in 2021-22 and £7.1bn in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20.

It's a recess, not a holiday!

Parliament is now in recess until the first week of September. Regardless of what you may read in some national newspapers, this period is not a holiday for MPs.

Continued support for our community

Over recent weeks, I have been visiting recently reopened retail businesses across the Forest of Dean. This week, indoor gyms, sports facilities and swimming pools are among those to reopen.

A plan for jobs

Last week, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out his Plan for Jobs – the Government’s latest package of support worth £30 billion.

Protecting UK farming

Last week I spoke to Liz Truss, the International Trade Secretary, in a meeting with South West Conservative MPs.

Helping businesses in hospitality

I know this is a worrying a time for many businesses. In May, I spoke with the Chancellor on a conference call and raised the need for as much flexibility as possible to allow the hospitality sector to operate their current businesses in an outdoor setting.