Looking back on 2019

2019 has been a busy year, both in national politics as well as locally in the Forest of Dean.

At the General Election, the Conservatives set out a positive vision for the UK after Brexit, which included strengthening our NHS, raising school funding and tackling crime.


Further to my post this morning, my office has been in touch with Severn Trent who have confirmed that this morning’s traffic was not related to their roadworks, with their infrastructure having been cleared away by Monday morning.

Getting Good Infrastructure

It’s more difficult to deliver fast broadband to rural areas like the Forest of Dean.  This not only affects the ability of residents to access data-rich services, but also affects the ability of businesses to keep pace in the competitive, global 21st century market.

Combatting Climate Change

Earlier this year, I was pleased to be one of a number of Conservative MPs supporting my Gloucestershire colleague, Cheltenham’s MP Alex Chalk, as he introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill to Parliament mandating that the UK reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 - a target which the Government has n

Investing in the NHS

Our balanced approach to the economy means that Conservatives can deliver the biggest cash boost ever for the NHS - investing £33.9 billion more into the NHS by 2023-24, as part of our Ten Year Plan for the NHS.

Backing Businesses in the Forest

The Forest of Dean has a thriving business community, with a range of enterprises from small family-run businesses to global companies.

Raising Education Standards

Margaret Thatcher once said: “Children and students are not all the same, nor are their parents or their teachers.

Getting Brexit Done

While I backed Remain during the referendum campaign, I am first and foremost a democrat. It was up to the electorate to judge the merits of the different arguments and the country voted to leave the EU.

Chepstow bridge update

Yesterday, I met with Monmouth MP, David TC Davies, on Chepstow bridge to discuss the ongoing traffic problem on the A48. We are both clear on the extent of this problem and the effect it is having on both the town and commuters driving through Chepstow, especially in the morning rush hour.

Brexit update

The House of Commons sat on a Saturday for the first time since 1982 to consider the new Brexit deal that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his team have negotiated in Brussels. I thought it would be helpful to set out why I support the Prime Minister’s deal.