Opinions

The Future PM and Cheltenham's Cyber Park

The leadership contest is in full swing. With eleven candidates declared, and more to come, it’s starting to look like the Gold Cup start-line. I will be reviewing the various pitches carefully of course.

Brexit and the Prime Minister

As I write this on Tuesday evening, my phone is lit as MPs from across the political divide line up on Twitter to trash Theresa May’s latest Brexit proposal.

The Failure of Boots Corner

Last week the Local Democracy Reporting Service revealed that the Boots Corner road closure has raked in more than £1.3m in fines from motorists in just nine months. Nearly 48,000 tickets have been issued to drivers struggling to navigate Cheltenham.

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.