Funding our universities

The question of how we finance our higher education system has been widely debated in recent weeks.

Summer Fayres & Fetes

One of the enjoyable parts of being a local Member of Parliament is being able to attend all of the local fairs and fetes across the constituency that occur over the summer period.

Leaving the EU

Before Parliament rose for the recess, the Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill to the House of Commons.

It’s a Recess, Not a Holiday

Parliament is now in recess until the start 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 busy few weeks

This Thursday, Parliament rises for the Summer Recess, when MPs return to their constituencies and continue to work hard on casework, hold surgeries and attend local events.

Investing in our transport

During the County Council election campaign, we pledged to invest £150 million to tackle potholes and upgrade Gloucestershire roads.

Protecting the economy means living within our means

Living within our means is necessary to grow the economy, create jobs and protect our public services. Governments that fail to grip their deficits find that international confidence falls, their credit rating slips, and the cost of borrowing goes up.

Debating the Queen's Speech

Over the past week, Parliament has been debating the Queen’s Speech, the Government’s programme of legislation for the coming parliamentary session.

Queen's Speech 2017

Following on from the election two weeks ago, this week is the State Opening of the new Parliament. As a new Parliament begins, the Queen reads out the Government’s plan for the next parliamentary session, in what is known as the Queen’s Speech.  

Daily Politics 20/06/2017

Earlier today I was pleased to join Jo Coburn as a guest on BBC2's Daily Politics. I appeared alongside Labour’s Barry Gardiner and Lord Jones of Birmingham (Digby Jones), a crossbench peer in the House of Lords.