Local policing update

A key promise of the Conservative manifesto that I stood on at December’s General Election was an increase of 20,000 police officers by 2023.

Levelling up opportunity

The Government is more committed than ever to levelling up opportunity for the next generation in every part of the UK.
Schools are already benefiting from a £2.6bn increase in funding this year, which will rise to £4.8bn in 2021-22 and £7.1bn in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20.

Funding for local projects

Some great news for the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire as a whole thanks to the £11.3 million from the Government’s £900 million ‘Getting Building Fund’, topped up by £450,000 from the Gfirst LEP.

It's a recess, not a holiday!

Parliament is now in recess until the first week of September. Regardless of what you may read in some national newspapers, this period is not a holiday for MPs.

Meeting Trooper Denis Ireland

Recently, I had the honour of stopping by the home of Trooper Denis Ireland – suitably socially distanced, of course.

Visit to The Speech House Hotel

Earlier today, I visited The Speech House Hotel – a cornerstone of the Forest of Dean’s hospitality sector – where I met with the hotel’s Director, Peter Hands.

Continued support for our community

Over recent weeks, I have been visiting recently reopened retail businesses across the Forest of Dean. This week, indoor gyms, sports facilities and swimming pools are among those to reopen.