Employment at record levels

Recent figures released by the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that employment in the UK has reached its highest rate on record, at 75.1%, with over 32 million people now in work, up 338,000 in the past year and over 3 million since 2010.

Education and Apprenticeships

Congratulations to all of those students who received their GCSEs last week, and A-Level results the week before. I wish them all the best of luck as they either continue their time in education, or begin their journey from school and college into the wider world.

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.