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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. We still have plenty of work to do!

A new Government

Last week, Boris Johnson was elected the new Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, and was appointed our new Prime Minister.

Record high employment continues

There are a record number of people in work, with over 32.75 million people now in work, up 354,000 in the past year and up by 3.70 million since 2010, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1974.

The Rural Community Energy Fund

I am very happy to report that the Government has re-opened the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF). The Fund is a £10 million programme to support rural communities in England to develop community-based renewable energy projects.

Investing in Gloucestershire

I am very pleased that school children in Gloucestershire are set to benefit from £5m Trailblazer funding which will see specialist mental health support in schools and waiting times for other mental health services to improve.

Moving forwards

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who supported me in my campaign to become the next Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.

Five Acres

In light of the recent news concerning Five Acres, I though my constituents would appreciate an update on the situation.

Solving our Regional Housing Crisis

(This article was originally published in The Times Red Box, 19 February 2018)

As a recent series of articles in The Times highlighted, housing is one of the big challenges facing the country. There are three areas which the government should address as it develops its housing policy.

Delivering Brexit

I thought it would be helpful to set out why, despite its faults, I voted for the Cabinet’s Withdrawal Agreement on Friday 29th March.