2nd Traffic Summit Meeting

I held my 2nd Traffic Summit on the 3rd of October at the Stratford ArtsHouse (formerly the Civic Hall).

At the meeting residents were presented with a number of options worked up by County officers and asked to vote on their priorities. These will be taken forward for further work.

Unemployment Falls Again

Unemployment has fallen again in the Stratford-on-Avon constituency.

The number of unemployed claimants in Stratford-on-Avon is 237 lower than it was this time last year with the unemployment rate now standing at just 0.8%. This is a fall of 44% in the last year

Rural Broadband

Villages across the constituency are already being upgraded to super-fast broadband and government funding is helping ensure that 90% of premises will be super-fast by 2016.

I want to ensure that everywhere in Stratford-on-Avon gets great connectivity so will be holding a broadband summit to ensure no community gets left behind.

Crime down 10% nationally

Since the 2010 election crime has fallen nationally by 10%. Here in Warwickshire it's fallen by 11%.

Shakespeare and Stratford in Parliament

For Shakespeare's 450th birthday I arranged a special event in Parliament. Students from Stratford secondary schools preformed extracts from Shakespeare plays directed by the RSC and pupils from Bridgetown Primary helped explain the Birthplace Trust's collection. Read more

Welcoming the Prince of Wales to the RSC

I was delighted to welcome the Prince of Wales to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford to learn about their work with schools.

Rapacious Developers

I'm campaigning against rapacious developers who are exploiting loopholes in the NPPF to gain planning permission in locations that are unsuitable or for developments that are too large.

I've already had some success with changes to the guidance that helps council's interpret the NPPF, but there is still more to do.

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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (19th November 2014)
Today I spoke at the third reading of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which represents the first time a UK government has...

2000 businesses in Stratford-on-Avon are benefitting from £2,000 off their National Insurance bill (10th November 2014)
New figures published last week show that 2000 businesses in Stratford-on-Avon are benefitting from the Government’s Employment Allowance. ...


In Parliament

Part 1A - Holding an interest in a company etc | National Health Service and Care Sector Workers (Credit Union and High Cost Credit) | Commons debates
Wednesday November 19, 2014
In the short time remaining I will make only a few points and post the rest of my speech online. This is an ambitious Bill. The Government have, for the first time, legislated specifically for...

Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions - Justice | Commons debates
Tuesday November 11, 2014
Last month saw the introduction of a fixed fee for whiplash injury reports, reducing the costs to insurers from several hundreds of pounds to just £180. Has the Minister made an assessment...

Venture Capital | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers
Tuesday October 28, 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of a potential equity gap in UK venture capital sector.

Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL | Business of the House | Commons debates
Friday September 26, 2014
My hon. Friend raises an important point. The Kurds have given themselves three months to see whether the new unity Government will work. We have to be aware that our strategy relies on the...