Cheltenham in 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful celebration, be it in Cheltenham or elsewhere.

Plastic Pollution

I warmly welcomed the news this week that the Environment Secretary Michael Gove is planning a robust set of measures to dramatically cut plastic pollution.

Tiffin Cup

Some of the country’s top curry chefs will all do battle as the finest South Asian restaurants in the UK fight it out to be crowned the nation’s best.

And the Spice Lodge will be representing Cheltenham.

EU Nationals

This week marked the agreement between the UK and the EU27 on the first phase of the labyrinthine Brexit negotiations. There’s a long way to go – Churchill’s ‘end of the beginning’ quote comes to mind - but this was a crucial and welcome milestone.

The A417 and PMQs

You wait ages for a bus, then three come along at once. The same is true for Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament it seems. I’ve spent months trying to catch the Speaker’s eye. And now this week is the third Wednesday in a row that I’ve been called to quiz the PM.

Cheltenham's Shops

The next few weeks are a crucial time for Cheltenham’s shops, which do so much to give our town its diversity and vitality.

EU Withdrawal Bill

I won’t be joining the so-called ‘mutineers’, but the Daily Telegraph headline about Conservative backbenchers was ill-judged and wrong.

Brexit and Bees

Another week, and the news is once again dominated by Brexit. In Parliament MPs are focused on the marathon ‘committee stage’ of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill – the legislation which converts EU law into domestic law, so that there is certainty about the future rule book.