Don't Drink and Drown

This week’s campaign from the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) to reduce drowning is the most relevant for coastal communities. I talked to them with Amber Rudd, whose Hastings constituency has seen a few tragic deaths of residents.

NHS IT Systems

The largest ever new injection of funds into our NHS is a triumph and it shows the outstanding priority of this Government. Nevertheless we must improve our underperforming IT systems to help our hard-working staff at Gloucester Hospitals Trust and enable them to spend more time on patient care.

EU Withdrawal Bill - Immigration

I believe the British people want their MPs to take the decisions over who can come here and work based on the needs of the country, the skills required, and on whether the individuals coming here have them. I don't think they differentiate bewteen those from Croatia, China or the Commonwealth.

EU Withdrawal Bill - Trade

Leaving the EU is clearly a risk - it's not one that all of us thought was worth the potential return - but if we're to make the most of doing so then membership of the EEA and the Customs Union is not the way to satisfy anyone.

Brexit Response: Betrayal or Disaster?

Thank you to all constituents who have emailed me about the EU Withdrawal Bill this week, and the various Lords amendments that we debated for two days.

Voting on The EU Withdrawal Bill

Many of my constituents have been in touch with me recently on issues to do with the European Union and the Withdrawal Bill amendments. What is the Bill about and what are the main issues about the amendments?

Congratulations Ray Peart

The Queen’s Birthday Awards cannot capture all the great things done in every community, but I’m delighted that over the last few years there has been greater recognition of some of those in our community who’ve done a lot over a long time.

Aethelflaed 2018

Historic re-enactments are a fine balancing act. They need enough real history abd dressing up to be convincing. And enough tongue well through the cheek to be enjoyable.

Aethelflaed 2018 Success

This weekend is all about a woman who died 1100 years ago. She just happened to unite most of this part of England together, defeating the Danes in Derby, seeming them off elsewhere and laying the way for her nephew to restore an independent England.