This Week in Politics- and the need for a deal

Another week, more uproar in Parliament. The House of Commons is a lively place at the calmest of times, but some of the language and behaviour now becoming routine is concerning. Verbal sparring is spilling into abuse. Scuffles, however minor, are not part of our political culture.

Tuesday Night in Parliament

Chaos, tumult, uproar. As I write this on Tuesday night, the Government has just lost a vote on the Commons taking control of the order paper. Parliament is reeling. 21 Conservative MPs, good people and friends of mine, have been expelled from the Party. A general election looms. 

Local Hospital Manager's "Engagement Exercise"

This week local hospital managers published their “Fit for the Future” blueprint for the future of health services in Gloucestershire – including for A&E.

The fight for Cheltenham's A&E, and Lido!

This week I travelled to London, to the Department of Health and Social Care, to brief the Health Minister and special adviser about Gloucestershire health bosses’ completely misconceived plans for getting rid of Cheltenham’s A&E.

Local NHS Trust Plans

Late last week I discovered that local NHS Trust managers were briefing others on plans to downgrade the A&E at Cheltenham General Hospital.

More Police Officers for Gloucestershire

I warmly welcome the Government’s announcement that an additional 20,000 police officers will be recruited in England and Wales over the next three years. The recruitment drive will start as early as September with the launch of a national campaign.

The New Prime Minister

Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his election as the new Prime Minister.

The New Apollo Theatre at CGH!

More investment for Cheltenham General Hospital! Last week I was delighted to visit the £2m+ Apollo theatre at CGH, just days before it opened to NHS patients.