Centenary of votes for women

Last Tuesday was the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 becoming law, which first introduced votes for women.

Faster broadband

The Government and Gloucestershire County Council have been working to help improve rural broadband speeds in the Forest of Dean and across Gloucestershire.

Employment at record levels

Recent figures released by the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that employment in the UK continues to be at its highest rate on record, at 75.3%, with over 32 million people now in work, up 415,000 in the past year and over 3 million since 2010.

Driving higher education standards

Last week, the new Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, unveiled a package of measures to drive up standards and increase opportunities in the schools and areas most in need, giving more children the best possible start in life.

A cleaner, greener Britain

Last week the Prime Minister launched the 25 Year Environment Plan, highlighting the steps the Government will be taking to leave our environment in a better state than we found it for the next generation, delivering a cleaner, greener Britain.

An independent Trade Policy

As Parliament returns from the Christmas recess, the House of Commons has started the New Year by debating two important Bills which will help form the UK’s trade policy after we have left the European Union.

2018 – The Year Ahead

Amidst the Christmas lunch, mince pies and time with our families, the break allows us the chance to reflect on the year that has passed.  As we move towards the New Year, I’d like to take this opportunity to look forward to what 2018 might bring for the Forest of Dean and the country.

Merry Christmas

In the run up to Christmas, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on 2017. Locally, I continue to receive many emails and letters from constituents on a whole range of issues important to them, which I deal with supported by my team based at my office in Cinderford.

Getting on with Brexit

Last week the UK and EU negotiating teams issued a joint report on the progress made in the Brexit negotiations. This progress now enables the UK Government to move to the next phase of talks, focussing on achieving a special partnership between the UK and the EU that we all want to see.

A migration policy for a post-Brexit Britain

Last week I held a debate in Parliament about migration policy. Migration can be good for Britain if it makes us all richer – not just those that have come here to work.