Party conferences are an opportunity for reflection. They provide a chance to lift our eyes beyond today’s latest parliamentary skirmish and survey the broader political landscape. There is a lot to take in.
There's a great line in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations: "Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule." It was said by the gruff lawyer, Mr Jaggers, and I've always thought it was pretty good rule for life.
Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has been singled out for praise for his work on school funding by the Education Secretary. Justine Greening MP paid tribute to Mr Chalk during a debate in Parliament as she announced “historic” reforms to education funding.
Another week, another terrorist atrocity. The Parsons Green bombing was yet another chilling reminder of the threat we face, and the debt we owe to the police and security services who confront it. These recent attacks are not so much a spike as a shift.
Many congratulations to all those who helped organise the Tour of Britain cycle event in Cheltenham. So many people, from borough council staff to an army of volunteers, came together to put on such a successful, positive, event.
Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has raised concerns about the number of inmate deaths at Bristol Prison. Mr Chalk brought up the issue in Parliament during questions to the Ministry of Justice. He highlighted the cases of three constituents who have died at the prison within the last eighteen months.
Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has called on the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP to use UK influence to reintroduce the disbanded “six-party talks” to help resolve the current crisis over North Korea’s missile programme.
Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has welcomed the decision of Gloucestershire Police to enhance trauma risk management system (TRiM) to support officers coping with traumatic incidents at work. Mr Chalk raised the issue during his recent meeting (Monday 4th September) with Chief Constable Rod Hansen.