Should we Trust the Trust?

Should we trust the Trust? That’s the question that many in Cheltenham have asked me in recent days since we learnt of local Hospital Trust bosses’ plan to suspend Cheltenham’s A&E for three months.

Alex Urges the Trust not to Temporarily Close A&E

The Dominic Cummings affair has exploded into the inboxes of MPs across the country. Mine is no different, and by the time this column is printed I will have made my way through responses to many hundreds of constituents who have contacted me.

Lockdown is Working

The central aim of the lockdown strategy is to slow the spread of the disease, and thereby protect the NHS from being overwhelmed. Thanks to the magnificent efforts of so many, this goal is so far being achieved. 

A 'New Deal' for Cheltenham

In 1933, with America in the icy grip of the Great Depression which had wreaked havoc on the economy, US President Franklin D Roosevelt announced a “New Deal” to the American people. 

Coronavirus and the Budget

I am writing this just hours before the Chancellor announces his Budget to the House of Commons. 

Over the last week I have been frenetically lobbying on Cheltenham’s behalf. There are three things that I have been focused on. 

Domestic Abuse Bill Introduced to Parliament

I was delighted to introduce to Parliament this week the Domestic Abuse Bill. This is a landmark piece of legislation which will significantly enhance protection  for victims domestic abuse.

Cheltenham Borough Council's Plans for Recycling

It’s time for Cheltenham Borough Council to set the record straight about their recycling plans. Are they planning to close Swindon Road recycling centre to general household waste and gardening waste or not?

Local Policing

Effective local policing here in Cheltenham has always been about more than just officers’ visibility – never more so than today, with crime increasingly taking place behind closed doors and online. 

Funding Boost for Bus and Cycling Services

I was delighted by the announcement in Parliament this week of a £5bn investment in England’s bus and cycling services. This presents a massive opportunity for Cheltenham.