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.

Balancing the public finances

By taking a balanced approach to the public finances, this Conservative Government is getting our national debt down relative to the size of the economy, making long-term investments in Britain’s future, supporting our public services and – crucially – keeping taxes low for Britain’s hard-working

The Spring Statement

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the Spring Statement and he had some excellent news: thanks to the hard work of the British people we are forecast to see the first sustained fall in debt, relative to the size of the economy, for over 17 years.