Opinions

General Election

This is a brave and decisive move by the Prime Minister. Our country needs strong and stable leadership. Only by re-electing Theresa May can that strength and stability be delivered. 

Air Pollution

Parliament is in recess for Easter. It’s fantastic to be back home in Cheltenham, spending time with family and local community groups.

Fair Funding For Our Schools

“Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining”. So said former US President Teddy Roosevelt.

Article 50 Triggered

The Article 50 letter has been signed and delivered. The negotiations will shortly begin.

Is this Justice?

Is this justice? This week Steven Sharpe, the man who stabbed his victim to death in Shakespeare Road in Cheltenham last year, was (rightly) sentenced to life imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court. He will serve a minimum of 24 years, and may never be released.

Brexit: Parliament has voted

So that’s it. It’s done. The EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has completed its passage through Parliament and will become law by the end of the week.

Copeland, Corbyn and Keeping NHS Staff Safe

The Conservative victory in the Copeland by-election was astonishing. Governing parties are supposed to lose seats, not win ones they’ve not held in 80 years. I welcome the result of course. But country always comes before party, and the current state of the Opposition is not good for the UK.

f40

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela was absolutely right about that. It fosters social mobility, strong economies and decent societies.

Cyber

Villains are moving on-line. Cheltenham is leading the fightback.

That was the message from this week’s opening by HM the Queen of the GCHQ-run National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London.

New School in Cheltenham

Concession or no concession? That was the question swirling round Parliament on Tuesday night. I was one of a group of backbench MPs who extracted a commitment from the Government to hold a vote on any draft Brexit deal before it is ratified by the European Parliament.