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12:44pm Wednesday 16th April 2014
WITH Parliament now in a two-week Easter recess, I welcome the opportunity to spend time with my family in the evenings, but also the extra time to accept some of the many midweek constituency invitations, which Westminster commitments so often prevent me from accepting.
3:38pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
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1:51pm Wednesday 26th March 2014
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2:12pm Wednesday 26th February 2014
THIS past week has seen a great deal of debate around welfare reform and food banks, with critical comments from the newly-elevated Cardinal Nichols and a letter signed by a number of Anglican bishops.
3:50pm Thursday 20th February 2014
3:54pm Wednesday 12th February 2014
10:11am Thursday 6th February 2014
10:00am Thursday 30th January 2014
THE dividing lines between the opposition and the Conservative Party were brought into sharp focus over the weekend, when Ed Balls confirmed his intention to raise taxes if Labour wins the next election.
3:43pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014
A FAIR proportion of my time in Westminster is spent fulfilling my duties as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the communities and local government department – even more so this week, as it was our turn to field departmental questions on Monday.
3:21pm Friday 17th January 2014
4:14pm Wednesday 8th January 2014
THE first full week of the new year is always difficult as the challenges that lie ahead come into focus. I was pleased to hear a clear statement from the Prime Minister about protecting pensions to 2020.
7:00am Wednesday 1st January 2014
THE approach of 2014 brought the customary range of predictions about the prospects for the economy and the likely challenges facing the Government as well as rash assessments as to the outcome of the general election as a consequence.
10:26am Friday 27th December 2013
9:37am Wednesday 18th December 2013
I JOINED manager Kevin Taylor and his team last Friday morning at Salisbury’s Royal Mail delivery office. It was pleasing to hear that Salisbury has achieved the highest quality rating in the south-west, at 94.7 per cent.
11:26am Wednesday 11th December 2013
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11:53am Wednesday 27th November 2013
ON Monday the Foreign Secretary delivered a statement to the House on Iran. An agreement has been signed that will mean Iran will stop enriching uranium beyond five per cent and it will “neutralise” its stockpile of uranium enriched beyond this point.
2:10pm Wednesday 20th November 2013
8:03pm Wednesday 13th November 2013
ON Monday I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak in the second reading of the Offender Rehabilitation Bill. The key provision of this legislation is to create a new supervision period for offenders released from short custodial sentences.
1:56pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
IT was my pleasure last Sunday to be present at the superb We Will Remember Them concert at the City Hall – an entertaining and fitting tribute to the sacrifice of our Armed Forces – past and present.
5:02pm Thursday 31st October 2013
SELDOM does a week go by without a meeting or discussion that gives me genuine pause for thought. Last Friday, a passionate and well-informed group of local Christian Aid supporters put the case for transparency in corporate tax affairs.
12:04pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013
3:05pm Wednesday 16th October 2013
ONE issue has dominated the last seven days. A decade after the first dualling project bit the dust, mired in costly public enquiries and legal challenges from environmentalists and archaeologists, the A303 is back on the political agenda.
2:53pm Wednesday 9th October 2013
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4:29pm Thursday 15th August 2013
THIS week’s announcement of the decision by Wiltshire’s chief constable to delay the conversion of the Wilton Road police station into Salisbury’s University Technical College until 2015 will undoubtedly have caused concern among those who hoped to start there in 2014.
12:06pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
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10:42am Thursday 27th June 2013
1:24pm Wednesday 19th June 2013
THIS week’s news has been dominated by coverage of the G8 summit. The two main subjects discussed were how to tackle the civil war in Syria and tax evasion by large corporations – both topics that have attracted a heavy mailbag from constituents in recent weeks.
12:18pm Wednesday 12th June 2013
THIS week Parliament started with a statement from the Foreign Secretary responding to weekend allegations that the data-gathering centre GCHQ in Cheltenham circumvented the law to gain information on UK citizens.
2:58pm Wednesday 5th June 2013
3:44pm Wednesday 29th May 2013
THE united condemnation of the barbaric murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week has raised important issues about how a civilised country like ours protects innocent people from random acts of evil.
4:49pm Wednesday 22nd May 2013
AFTER many hours of negotiations with ministers, I am delighted that the past week brought final confirmation from Michael Fallon MP, the Business Minister, of the £8m Regional Growth Fund investment to start building work on the new Porton Down Science Park.
4:40pm Wednesday 15th May 2013
3:27pm Wednesday 8th May 2013
THE dust has now settled after last week’s local council elections and a large number of new and returning councillors are getting down to the serious business of representing the electorate at city and unitary levels.
11:54am Wednesday 1st May 2013