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Chalk welcomes landmark 'Trojan' phone box ruling

Alex Chalk has welcomed a landmark court ruling which will stop developers from installing outdated ‘Trojan’ phones boxes for use as advertising billboards. In a landmark court case, a High Court judge has now ruled that new phones boxes will now need planning permission.

Keeping up the fight against the local NHS Trust's General Surgery changes

Many congratulations to the staff of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust, whose skill and hard work has led to a ‘Good’ rating from the CQC health watchdog. This is up from ‘Requires Improvement’, and means Gloucestershire joins an elite group of just 33% of acute trusts. 

Chalk welcomes upskirting ban

People taking upskirting pictures and videos will now face two years in prison and being placed on the sex offenders register. A new law making upskirting a specific criminal offence received Royal Assent (Tuesday 12 February).

Tackling Social Media and Poor Mental Health

Away from Brexit, something happened in Parliament this week which I believe marks a decisive step forward in tackling poor mental health in our young people, including here in Cheltenham.

Boots Corner and Brexit

Although I was disappointed by the decision to continue with the Boots Corner trial, I was particularly surprised by the language used in the council chamber to attack my constituents who have perfectly legitimate concerns about the scheme.

Cross-Party Talks

I am writing this at 10:30 pm on Tuesday evening in the House of Commons library. The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal agreed with the EU has just been annihilated, smashed to smithereens by MPs. Tomorrow the House will hold a vote of no confidence in the Government.