Opinions

Progress on the A417

Amidst the latest Brexit wranglings some really vital news affecting Gloucestershire was almost completely lost last week – the announcement by Highways England of a preferred route for the A417 Air Balloon scheme. 

Last Night's Meaningful Vote

As I write on Tuesday evening, Parliament has once again voted down the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. I fear the judgement of history will be scathing.

Calling for more funding for Chelteneham

This week I called in Parliament for Cheltenham to receive investment from the £1.6bn Stronger Towns Fund. This money has been allocated by the Government to boost less well-off towns in England after Brexit, and is intended to be targeted towards those communities which feel left behind. 

Fighting Against Proposed Changes at Cheltenham General

Today, Thursday, Laurence Robertson MP and I will meet at our request local health Trust bosses to restate our serious concerns about their plans for general surgery changes at Cheltenham General Hospital.

Time's Up for Toxic Content on Social Media

Time’s up. After over a decade in which social media companies have been able to evade responsibility for toxic content on their platform, the Government has now signalled that action is coming.

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. 

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.