Opinions

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.

Exams, Apprentiships and Skills

More than two decades on, I can remember getting my A-Level results as if it were yesterday. It’s a grim, nail-biting time. Congratulations to all those who have done well, and a big thank you to the wonderful teaching staff who, year on year, help Cheltenham’s young people achieve so much.

Concerns about Boot's Corner Closure

If Cheltenham is going to thrive in the future, it’s essential that it is as welcoming and attractive as possible. Obvious perhaps, but at a time of growing threats from internet shopping, it can rarely have been more important.

The Heatwave

Does this hot weather remind you of the summer of 1976? Although forty-plus years ago, people still talk about that earlier heatwave.

But there’s an important difference.