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.
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.
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.
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.
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.