Coronavirus - Update

Below is the full text of an article in today’s Sunday Telegraph by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, summarising the Government’s latest position on coronavirus.

Flood update

Due to the heavy rainfall from Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge, we have seen flooding from rivers across my constituency. Currently, the total number of properties damaged by flooding in both the Forest of Dean District and Tewkesbury Borough areas of the constituency stand at 73.

Strong borders

Last week, the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill was introduced in the House of Commons, representing an important milestone in paving the way for the new UK points-based immigration system. 

Our future relationship

On 31 January, this country left the EU and we are now entering a new chapter in our history. This Conservative Government, and I as your Member of Parliament, have honoured the expressed wish of a clear majority of people across the Forest of Dean and the country.  

New points-based immigration system

Last week the Government set out how it will take back control of our borders and end free movement of people with a new points-based immigration system. 

Policing in Newent

A meeting between residents and police is taking place in Newent today, and while Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean have low crime levels, a small number of constituents have written to me with separate concerns about policing in Newent, which I have passed on to Gloucestershire Constabulary

The Terrorist Offenders Bill

Last week, the Government introduced emergency legislation to end the automatic early release of terrorist offenders.

LRS factory visit

I was delighted to be invited to aid in the launch of the new high-speed bottle line at the Lucozade Ribena Suntory factory in Coleford this morning.

Meeting with the Chief Constable of Gloucestershire

Fortunately, the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire have relatively low levels of crime compared to the rest of the country. However, that is not to say that we are without crime and I have recently been contacted by a number of constituents regarding incidents that have caused concern.

Global Britain

When I was knocking on doors across the Forest of Dean during the General Election, the message I was hearing loud and clear was for us MPs in Parliament to ‘get Brexit done’, and that is why I was very happy to vote to pass Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal through Parliament.