Opinions

The fight for Cheltenham's A&E

I am delighted that local Trust bosses have cancelled the flawed pilot proposal to transfer general surgery (abdominal surgery) from Cheltenham General to Gloucester Hospital.

Progress on Alex's Net Zero Bill

It’s on its way! On Tuesday I presented my Bill which would create a legal obligation, the first for any G20 country, for the UK to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.

Employment Levels in Cheltenham

Latest figures reveal that the number of people in work in the UK is at a record high. Wages are growing at their fastest pace in a decade – outstripping inflation and putting more money into people’s pockets.

Fantastic News for Cheltenham General Hospital

This week I wanted to celebrate some fantastic news for Cheltenham General Hospital – the award of £10 million to Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust for equipment replacement and infrastructure improvements.

Brexit Deadlock

People are angry with Parliament of course. I completely get that. 

The impasse is maddening when people and businesses need certainty to plan their futures.

Brexit Update and Indicative Votes

On 14 June 2017, shortly after the General Election I wrote this in the Gloucestershire Echo: “The Government no longer has its majority. There is now an imperative to achieve the maximum possible national consensus.

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.