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12:12pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
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
11:55am Wednesday 2nd October 2013
2:57pm Wednesday 25th September 2013
4:01pm Wednesday 18th September 2013
1:49pm Wednesday 11th September 2013
3:50pm Wednesday 4th September 2013
12:01pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
2:18pm Wednesday 21st August 2013
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
4:37pm Wednesday 24th July 2013
11:22am Wednesday 17th July 2013
11:50am Wednesday 10th July 2013
3:32pm Wednesday 3rd July 2013
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
8:07pm Wednesday 24th April 2013
3:16pm Wednesday 17th April 2013
3:26pm Wednesday 10th April 2013
THE political agenda of late has been dominated by changes to the benefit system. Some have sought to link worklessness as a lifestyle choice with the tragic deaths of the six children of Mick and Mairead Philpott in Derby. I think it is critical that not too many lessons are drawn directly from the appalling crimes of the Philpotts.
1:11pm Wednesday 3rd April 2013
THE Easter recess allows me time to undertake more case work and spend extra time in the constituency but, before I left Westminster last Tuesday, I managed to secure a short slot in the adjournment debate to raise ongoing concerns about the likelihood of free and fair elections in the Maldives.
3:59pm Wednesday 27th March 2013
4:35pm Wednesday 20th March 2013
2:43pm Wednesday 13th March 2013
12:11pm Wednesday 6th March 2013
LAST week saw the Eastleigh byelection; an admirable result for the Liberal Democrats who retained their seat. However, the media’s focus has turned to the implications for the Conservatives after the high turnout for UKIP.
4:01pm Wednesday 27th February 2013
THE most significant news item this week has been the decision by credit rating agency Moody’s to change Britain’s rating, which follows earlier decisions to do the same with the US and French economies.
4:05pm Wednesday 20th February 2013
PARLIAMENT has been on recess this week and this periodic interlude in the Westminster calendar has given me time to visit local businesses, schools and interest groups and deal directly with constituents’ concerns.
8:56am Thursday 14th February 2013
11:52am Wednesday 6th February 2013
I AM always pleased to hear good news from the constituency and, when individuals and institutions from south Wiltshire are rated among the best in the UK, there is all the more cause for celebration.
3:13pm Wednesday 30th January 2013
IT is always a privilege to be asked to share in and help realise the aspirations of those who have big ambitions for this constituency and last Friday was a day devoted to the kind of projects that fill me with optimism.
12:03pm Wednesday 16th January 2013
IN the past week I have attended a debate on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) – a system of drawing up individualised plans for the care of dying patients that aims to keep them and their loved ones informed and involved to the end.
11:22am Wednesday 9th January 2013
12:25pm Wednesday 2nd January 2013
7:00am Thursday 27th December 2012
3:00pm Wednesday 19th December 2012
THE recent news of the disappearance of the pub landlord at the Royal Oak in Shrewton is deeply saddening. Although his whereabouts and the circumstances of his disappearance are unclear, the response to the loss of money donated to the thrift fund has been astonishing.
4:51pm Wednesday 12th December 2012