Five Acres Site

Over the last few weeks, constituents have contacted me regarding the future of the Five Acres site at Berry Hill, once Gloucestershire College complete their move to Cinderford’s Northern Quarter.

NHS70 - Gloucestershire Awards

Last week I was proud to be able to welcome Tess Tremlett and Gary Deighton from the Community Engagement Team at the Forest of Dean District Council to Westminster for the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards ceremony.

Banking Services at the Post Office

I recently chaired a meeting of South West Conservative MPs, at which we had some sub-postmasters talk to us about the new services being offered by local Post Offices.

70th Anniversary of the NHS

On 5th July we will be celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS. This anniversary is a time to reflect on the valuable service the NHS provides, but more than this, how its values unite us.

The Government is marking this occasion with a commitment to secure the future of NHS funding.

Update on new Forest hospital

Last week, our local NHS (NHS Gloucestershire CCG (CCG) and the Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust (GCS)), announced that they will be carrying out further public engagement regarding the location of a new Community Hospital in the Forest of Dean.

Protecting press freedom

Last week, there were a number of important issues debated in the House of Commons. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss one – the Data Protection Bill.

Promoting Forest tourism

Tourism is an important industry for our local economy in the Forest of Dean. As your local Member of Parliament, I often visit local businesses that are either actively promoting local tourism, or are dependent on tourism for their success.

Fast Broadband for Everyone

For too long rural areas like the Forest of Dean have missed out on fast broadband. This not only affects the ability of residents to access increasingly data-intensive websites, but also affects the ability of businesses to keep pace in the competitive, global 21st century market.

A stronger, fairer economy and society

This week, as Parliament returns from the Easter recess, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the Government’s achievements over the last six months.