Protecting press freedom

Last week, there were a number of important issues debated in the House of Commons. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss one – the Data Protection Bill.

Promoting Forest tourism

Tourism is an important industry for our local economy in the Forest of Dean. As your local Member of Parliament, I often visit local businesses that are either actively promoting local tourism, or are dependent on tourism for their success.

Fast Broadband for Everyone

For too long rural areas like the Forest of Dean have missed out on fast broadband. This not only affects the ability of residents to access increasingly data-intensive websites, but also affects the ability of businesses to keep pace in the competitive, global 21st century market.

A stronger, fairer economy and society

This week, as Parliament returns from the Easter recess, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the Government’s achievements over the last six months.

Balancing the public finances

By taking a balanced approach to the public finances, this Conservative Government is getting our national debt down relative to the size of the economy, making long-term investments in Britain’s future, supporting our public services and – crucially – keeping taxes low for Britain’s hard-working

The Spring Statement

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the Spring Statement and he had some excellent news: thanks to the hard work of the British people we are forecast to see the first sustained fall in debt, relative to the size of the economy, for over 17 years.

A new Agriculture Policy post-Brexit

Brexit gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design an agricultural policy that will stand the test of time. For more than forty years, the EU has decided how we farm our land, the food we grow and rear, and the state of the natural environment.

Recognising excellence in our NHS

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the NHS later this year, NHS England and other NHS partners have launched the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

Investing in policing

All local residents deserve to feel safe in their homes and in their communities. That is why this Government is increasing police spending and continuing to reform policing so it is more efficient and productive.

Supporting Parents with Childcare

This Government understands that paying for childcare can be a daunting task for families trying to make ends meet. To help parents with childcare costs, the Government has spent more than any government before - a record £6bn a year by 2020.