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.

Improving mental health support

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced new measures to transform the way we approach and deal with mental health in schools, workplaces and communities.

Visiting Parliament

As the calendar year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to extend an invite to anyone living in the Forest of Dean to visit and take a tour of the Houses of Parliament in London.

US Presidential Election

In recent weeks, much attention has been focused on an important election the other side of the Atlantic. On 8th November, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the race to determine who will be the next President of the United States of America.

Remembering our Armed Forces

Every year Armistice Day provides a solemn reminder for us all of the deep debt of gratitude we owe to those serving in our armed forces. It is those same men and women who continue to ensure the safety and security of our nation on a daily basis.

Heathrow Expansion

Last week, the Government endorsed the independent Airports Commission’s recommendation for a new Northwest Runway at London Heathrow Airport.

Baby loss

Last week, the House of Commons debated the incredibly moving topic of baby loss. A number of colleagues spoke eloquently of their first-hand experience as bereaved parents.

A country that works for everyone

Last week, the Conservative Party gathered in Birmingham for the 2016 Conference, the first since the country voted to leave the European Union in June.

Controlling immigration

One of the clear messages we can take from the result of the European Union referendum in June was that the British people want to see controls on the levels of immigration.