Agri Skills Day at Hartpury College

Two weeks ago, I was pleased to attend the excellent Agri Skills Day hosted by Hartpury College. The Agri Skills day was aimed at showing KS3 pupils (11-14 year olds) how much science and technology is involved within farming.

The Budget 2017

Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, delivered his Budget Statement to the House of Commons. Nearly seven years ago, the Government took over an economy on the brink of collapse, with the highest budget deficit in our peacetime history.

It’s not all about Brexit

Since the referendum last year, Brexit has dominated the headlines, as we begin the process of delivering the decision of the British people.

Our Councils delivering for local residents

On 4th May, residents across Gloucestershire will have the opportunity to vote in County Council elections – choosing the team of Councillors who will set the taxes you pay and manage the services you receive.

Supporting disabled people

One of my roles in Parliament is acting as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Learning Disability. In this role, I work closely with Mencap, the leading voice on learning disability, to support people with a learning disability, their families and their carers.

Fixing our broken housing market

Last week, the Department of Communities and Local Government published a Housing White Paper, an ambitious plan to build the homes Britain needs and create a housing market which works for all.

Election of a Verderer in the Forest of Dean

Next Wednesday, there will be a public meeting at Gloucester Cathedral to elect a new Verderer for the Forest of Dean. It will elect a replacement for Clearwell Caves owner Ray Wright, who sadly died in August 2015.

Parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit

Last week, the Government introduced the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. This bill asks Parliament to confer upon the Prime Minister to power to notify the EU of our intention to leave the EU.

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.