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Boots Corner and Brexit

Although I was disappointed by the decision to continue with the Boots Corner trial, I was particularly surprised by the language used in the council chamber to attack my constituents who have perfectly legitimate concerns about the scheme.

Cross-Party Talks

I am writing this at 10:30 pm on Tuesday evening in the House of Commons library. The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal agreed with the EU has just been annihilated, smashed to smithereens by MPs. Tomorrow the House will hold a vote of no confidence in the Government. 

Goals for 2019

Very Happy New Year. I hope you had a good celebration. Sarah and I were lucky enough to spend it at a wedding in Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham. 

The Post-Christmas Clean Up (and the Cheltenham Recycling Consultation)

There are certain guaranteed features of our family Christmases in Cheltenham. Extended family coming to stay, church service in St Mary’s, warring children (obviously…), walks in Cox’s Meadow or up Leckhampton Hill.

And then the great clear up begins.

Christmas Break

Peace and goodwill around the world seem to be in short supply this Christmas. Syria’s civil war continues to exact a terrible toll. China and the USA contemplate escalating a trade war. Russia and Ukraine eyeball each other in the Sea of Asov. Here in Britain the atmosphere is sulphurous. 

Online Giants Must Pay Their Fair Share to the UK Tax Bill

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has challenged the Treasury to set out the Government’s plans “to ensure that online digital market places, social media companies and search engines should pay their fair share of tax”.