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Record high employment levels

Recent figures released by the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that employment in the UK continues to be at its highest rate on record, at 76.1%, with over 32.8 million people now in work, up 425,000 over the last year and up by 3.76 million since Conservatives took office i

Heart of the Forest Community Special School meeting

As Member of Parliament for the Forest of Dean, I regularly attend meetings with headteachers and governing bodies across the constituency. In June, I attended a meeting with the headteacher and governors at Heart of the Forest Community Special School.

New Government measures to crack down on crime

The first duty of any Government is to keep people safe, which is why I am pleased that Boris Johnson’s new Government has hit the ground running by announcing the recruitment of an extra 20,000 police officers. As the Home Secretary has said, it is time to reverse the balance of fear.

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. We still have plenty of work to do!

A new Government

Last week, Boris Johnson was elected the new Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, and was appointed our new Prime Minister.

Sheppard House anniversary visit

I have had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary celebrations for Sheppard House in Newent. Run by the Newent Association for the Disabled, Sheppard House was named after the late Trudie Sheppard MBE in recognition for her years of fundraising.

Record high employment continues

There are a record number of people in work, with over 32.75 million people now in work, up 354,000 in the past year and up by 3.70 million since 2010, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1974.

The Rural Community Energy Fund

I am very happy to report that the Government has re-opened the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF). The Fund is a £10 million programme to support rural communities in England to develop community-based renewable energy projects.