Progress on the A417

In the 1980s Guinness ad execs told us that “good things come to those who wait”. They were talking about beer of course, but they might just as well have been referring to the proposals to fix the notorious A417 bottleneck at the Air Balloon.

Environmental Heritage

I’ve long believed that conservatism and conservation are two sides of the same coin – the belief in the importance of preserving our environmental heritage and ensuring its renewal.

The Importance of Social Mobility

Improving social mobility is the single biggest reason I stood for Parliament. I’ve always believed in the moral imperative to do everything humanly possible to help people, whatever their backgrounds, go as far as their talents will take them.

Cheltenham's Schools

This week, I held talks in Parliament with an official whose upcoming decision will have a major impact on education in Cheltenham: the Regional Schools Commissioner.

Plastic Free Pledge in Cheltenham

Thomas Carlyle, the philosopher, has been in the news this week. His portrait, which was slashed in 1914 by suffragette Anne Hunt, is back on display. It’s there to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave some women the vote.

Cheltenham's Growth and GWR

Cheltenham is on the up. Our secondary schools have more funding; our GCHQ-backed cyber innovation centre is transforming the town into a powerful tech brand; our festivals are going from strength to strength; and new restaurants and businesses are opening.