The Queen’s Speech

On the 18th May, the Queen delivered her speech which marks the start of the new Parliamentary session. Her message outlines the Government’s programme for the year ahead, announcing key policy areas and bills, a few of which I will look at today.

What is prorogation?

Last week, Parliament was ‘prorogued’. This is a term that refers to the end of the Parliamentary Session. I wanted to take this opportunity to explain what happens at Prorogation.

Delivering on our manifesto

Just over a year ago, the British people elected a Conservative majority Government for the first time since 1992. We made clear commitments to people in the Forest of Dean in our manifesto, and have been delivering on them since day one.

Vote for a new Police and Crime Commissioner

Tomorrow, the people of Gloucestershire will have the opportunity to vote for a new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The police play a critical role in public service, putting themselves at risk on the front-line in order to keep our communities safe.

Progress on cross-border healthcare

On 16th April, I attended a public meeting in St Briavels, organised by Action4OurCare, to update people on progress we have made in fixing the issues with cross-border healthcare which potentially impact about 9,000 of my constituents.

Reform of the emergency services

Recently released crime statistics from the independent Office of National Statistics show that crime is continuing to fall across the country. Gloucestershire has seen a 21% drop in crime since 2010, showing that the Government’s police reforms are working.

Supporting working people

Last week, a range of new tax reforms introduced by the Government came into force.

A safer, more secure country

Just before Easter, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon set out the case for the retention of our independent nuclear deterrent.

Budget for Gloucestershire

Last week’s Budget included a number of positive measures that will benefit people here in Gloucestershire. The Government froze beer, cider and fuel duty, secured fairer funding for our schools and halved the Severn Bridge Toll, putting the people of Gloucestershire first.