Opinions

Cheltenham's Future as a Centre of Cyber Security Excellence

Silicon Spa is coming! This week the Digital Minister, Jeremy Wright, wrote to me to confirm that months of lobbying have paid off: the Government has financially committed to Cheltenham’s future as an 'internationally recognised centre of cyber security excellence'. 

Enough is Enough: Boots Corner

Enough is enough. The closure of Boots Corner has been a serious mistake, and it should be reversed before more damage is done.

What goes on at Party Conference

What do you think Party Conferences are all about? From watching the news you might well assume that all the action is in the main hall, as ministers (and wannabe leaders?) set out their stall to the party faithful.

Taking a Stand on Cheltenham General

As I wrote last week, I strongly object to plans by local NHS managers to move all gastro-intestinal (general) surgery to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Keeping the 'General' in Cheltenham General Hospital

In basic mechanics there’s a moment of maximum leverage. It’s that short period before a beam tips on its pivot, when a small effort can make a big different.

In relation to the future of Cheltenham General Hospital I believe we are nearing that moment now. 

70 Years of the NHS

It’s been said of the UK and the US that we’re “two nations divided by a common language”. Maybe so, but perhaps the widest cultural gulf between our countries is in our different approaches to healthcare.

Guide Dogs and Equalities Legislation

MPs have returned to the House of Commons this week. On Wednesday I led one of the first Parliamentary debates of the new session, on enforcement of equalities legislation relating to guide dogs.

Representing Cheltenham's Efforts at Number 10 to Help Stop Puppy Farming

Last week it was a privilege to represent Cheltenham at an event in 10 Downing Street to mark success in our campaign to ban third-party puppy and kitten sales. This is a vital step forward for animal welfare and I am so grateful to the many people in Cheltenham who supported the campaign.

Respecting Gloucestershire's Police

It was fantastic to see Gloucestershire Police officers mixing with the community at Cheltenham Together’s World Fun Day in Winston Churchill Gardens at the weekend.