Taking the lead in giving care and support

Salisbury Journal:

4:02pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT was a pleasure to join Christian Aid supporters at Middle Woodford Village Hall for a Climate Breakfast and a chance to reflect upon the challenges facing the global environment and their impact on the world’s poorest people.

Essential to focus regarding immigration

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Friday 17th October 2014

ANYONE observing politics over the last week can hardly have failed to reflect on what happened in the Clacton by-election.

Striving to relieve tax burden on lowest paid

Salisbury Journal:

3:38pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

NOW that party conference season is drawing to a close, I am looking forward to Parliament returning.

Ignoring problem will not help remove it

Salisbury Journal:

10:11am Thursday 2nd October 2014

ALL week, my constituency postbag has been full of comments from constituents anxious about the UK’s involvement in international action against Isil in Iraq – some calling for firm and decisive action and others passionately opposed to any military engagement in the region.

‘English votes for English laws’ proposal

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

THIS week began with a trip to Chequers to meet with the Prime Minister and a number of colleagues to discuss the future constitutional settlement for the UK.

Independence raises devolution questions

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

This week sees the culmination of months of passionate campaigning for the Scottish referendum.

Difficult judgement calls for medical staff

Salisbury Journal:

10:23am Thursday 11th September 2014

I WAS delighted to see that the new CT scanner has been installed at Salisbury District Hospital – a testament to the committed fundraising efforts of so many local people.

Value of forward planning and transparency

9:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

THIS week has been dominated by two big debates in Parliament with major implications for this constituency.

Important to work for the greater good

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10:35am Thursday 28th August 2014

It was a pleasure to be part of the opening of the extended Winterslow Central Stores with Lady Bessborough on Saturday.

Concerned about reliability of social care

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THIS week started with a visit to the Royal College of GPs to see the Prime Minister deliver a speech in which he set out what the Government is doing to support marriage and couple relationships.

Important decisions to protect the innocent

9:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

MY activities this week included surgeries, home visits, a visit to meet Inspector Dave Minty at the new Bourne Hill Police Station as well as a visit to Salisbury’s excellent racecourse. I also met with some of our local GPs to discuss their sensible aspirations to develop new medical facilities in Alderbury.

Keeping the NHS sustainable in the future

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10:38am Thursday 7th August 2014

OVER recent days, the NHS has been in the headlines again, and once more we find ourselves asking how we can ensure our healthcare system remains sustainable into the future.

Death of civilians is an appalling loss of life

3:22pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

I STARTED this week with an extended surgery and I look forward to making appropriate interventions and representations in the coming days.

Fighting to retain PHE at Porton Down

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9:48am Thursday 24th July 2014

PARLIAMENT “breaks up” for the summer recess this week.

It is the role of the law to protect people

10:03am Thursday 17th July 2014

LORD Falconer this week brought forward his Assisted Dying Bill, which has provoked significant debate.

Great example of people working together

9:43am Thursday 10th July 2014

IT was good to be in Pitton on Saturday afternoon for the carnival.

Nobody should be ‘written off’ by society

10:27am Thursday 3rd July 2014

HAVING attended a number of successful events at this year’s Chalke Valley History Festival, it was good to see so many people there from all backgrounds.

Community-run club is worth striving for

10:04am Thursday 26th June 2014

IT was a pleasure to be able to welcome the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid MP, to Salisbury at the end of last week.

Working to combat scourge of terrorism

4:06pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

AFTER a busy surgery last Friday I travelled to Cairo with a group of parliamentarians to meet with the new Egyptian president and some of his key ministers.

Deficit cut by a third, but more to be done

2:05pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

THE Queen’s Speech last week, widely predicted by commentators to be something of a damp squib, in fact provided plenty of substance which I for one look forward to getting my teeth into in the months ahead.

Hosting evidence sessions for poverty inquiry

4:58pm Thursday 5th June 2014

ON Friday, I am delighted to be hosting one of the evidence sessions for the all-party food poverty inquiry of which I am part.

Voters send out messages through results

2:46pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE last week has been dominated by analysis of the implications of the local and then European election results.

Discussing green technologies at centre

2:29pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

OVER the weekend, I took the opportunity to discuss green technologies at Wilton Community Centre, where an open house event showcased some of the latest devices.

Patient diplomacy will be needed

2:19pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

OCCASIONALLY I receive emails from constituents expressing frustration at the Government’s approach to a particular international issue.

Looking at resolving the housing crisis

3:44pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

IT was a busy bank holiday weekend, with a trip to London to appear on Westminster Hour on Sunday evening.

HS2's similarities to A303 investment

3:03pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

THIS week it was back to Parliament after a two-week Easter recess and straight into the next stage of the high-profile High Speed 2 Bill – a major investment designed to make all regions of the UK more attractive to investment.

Enjoying Easter and supporting the Whites

1:30pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE Easter recess has been a time of catching up in the constituency but also, as one would hope, a time for many to reflect on the meaning of Easter.

Playhouse deserves national acclaim

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.

Salisbury a great site for a new university

3:38pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THIS weekend, my attention was drawn to David Willets’ speech about the role of universities in higher education “cold spots”.

Surgery reinforced my views on care

2:14pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

AT the end of last week, I spent time at Three Swans Surgery and was grateful for the opportunity to sit in on a weekly case review conference and listen to local GPs.

Significant step forward in pensions market

1:51pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

EVENTS at Westminster last week were dominated by the Budget statement, which was particularly good news for savers and those close to retirement.

Fairer school funding from 2015

1:42pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

IT was good to be in the House last Thursday for an unexpected announcement on school funding.

Grateful for chance to meet patients

12:30pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

FOLLOWING my debate on the future of the A303, which, as anticipated, provoked a considerable range of reactions, it was back to a busy programme of constituency engagements.

Debate secured on A303

4:30pm Thursday 6th March 2014

IN Westminster this week I secured a debate on the future of the A303.

No credible alternative to universal credit

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.

Please come to me with any flooding issues

3:50pm Thursday 20th February 2014

The last week has been dominated by news of the damage caused by floods and debate around the response of the Government and Environment Agency to the crisis.

Practical issues in implementing smoke ban

3:54pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

It has been a busy week with a return train journey to Westminster on Sunday evening to join the MPs’ panel on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour.

Engage in discussion with our EU partners

10:11am Thursday 6th February 2014

LAST week saw the conclusion of the Immigration Bill’s passage through the Commons, and with it discussion of a controversial amendment to allow the deportation of foreign criminals.

Let small businesses get on with their work

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.

MPs are not consulted on planning matters

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.

Proposals welcome to curb benefits tourism

3:21pm Friday 17th January 2014

ONE of the hot topics frequently in the headlines over the new year period has been the possibility that many tens of thousands of migrants could come to this country from Romania and Bulgaria.

Cuts will not weaken our flood defences

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.

My new year hope for hard-working families

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.

Ending the year on a positive note

10:26am Friday 27th December 2013

THIS year has been busy and eventful – both nationally and in Salisbury but I feel it is ending on a positive note.

Busy week in the run-up to Christmas

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.

Greatly improved outlook for economy

11:26am Wednesday 11th December 2013

THE week kicked off with an exceptionally busy constituency surgery.

Lowering the burden on struggling homes

12:12pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

AS Christmas approaches and the weather grows colder, I welcome this week’s news that the government has taken action to reduce energy bills.

In favour of an open approach to foreign affairs

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.

Return of GPs to centre of healthcare provision

2:10pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

THERE have been some welcome announcements over the past week concerning the Government’s intent to give over 75s a named GP responsible for coordinating their care.

Tackling the root causes of reoffending

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.


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