New Term

Very good luck to all the young people (and teachers of course!) who are heading to school, university, or are starting their apprenticeship. I wish you every success.

Plastic Pollution

If you were lucky enough to get away this summer with friends or family, you might have headed at some point to the beach.

But whether that beach was in the scorching Med or soggy Britain, there is one grim factor that the coastlines will have had in common – plastic pollution.


“Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Prison Safety

“You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners.”


Better is the enemy of good. It’s a saying that is drummed into every rookie courtroom advocate, and is reminder that an insistence on perfection can lead to disaster.

Freedom of Speech

The independent Committee on Standards in Public Life has begun its investigation into the abuse of parliamentary candidates at the 2017 General Election. It will look at whether existing laws to tackle intimidation and abuse are still adequate.

Fair Funding

This week saw an important victory in Parliament for the huge army of Cheltenham teachers, parents and governors who have been fighting for better funding for our secondary schools.

European Justice

This week we debated the issue of the UK’s membership of Euratom, Europe’s nuclear energy body.

My view is that unless we can promptly secure an equivalent associate status, such as that enjoyed by Switzerland, it is in Cheltenham’s interests that the UK stays in.

School Funding

For an MP representing an unfairly funded local education authority, debates on schools funding in Parliament can be frustrating. This week was no exception.