Opinions

Coronavirus and the Budget

I am writing this just hours before the Chancellor announces his Budget to the House of Commons. 

Over the last week I have been frenetically lobbying on Cheltenham’s behalf. There are three things that I have been focused on. 

Domestic Abuse Bill Introduced to Parliament

I was delighted to introduce to Parliament this week the Domestic Abuse Bill. This is a landmark piece of legislation which will significantly enhance protection  for victims domestic abuse.

Cheltenham Borough Council's Plans for Recycling

It’s time for Cheltenham Borough Council to set the record straight about their recycling plans. Are they planning to close Swindon Road recycling centre to general household waste and gardening waste or not?

Local Policing

Effective local policing here in Cheltenham has always been about more than just officers’ visibility – never more so than today, with crime increasingly taking place behind closed doors and online. 

Funding Boost for Bus and Cycling Services

I was delighted by the announcement in Parliament this week of a £5bn investment in England’s bus and cycling services. This presents a massive opportunity for Cheltenham.

Tougher Terror Sentencing

The appalling attack by convicted terrorist, Sudesh Amman, in Streatham last week immediately reverberated in Parliament. 

General Election

And we’re off! The country will be going to the polls on 12 December for an historic winter election.

Brexit Update

On Tuesday night, for a brief moment, it looked as if the Brexit purgatory might be coming to an end. Parliament voted, with a majority of 30, to back the new Brexit deal negotiated with the EU.

Funding for Cheltenham's Schools

Cheltenham’s schools are some of the best in the country. Thanks to talented teachers and head teachers they are delivering better outcomes year on year, as this summer’s A level and GCSE results showed.

School Funding in Cheltenham

The highlight of the Party Conference in Manchester for me has been the announcement of a major boost in funding for schools. From next year, schools from Balcarras to All Saints’ Academy will receive at least £5,000 per pupil per year.