2nd Traffic Summit Meeting

My 2nd Traffic Summit meeting will be held on the 3rd of October at the Stratford ArtsHouse (formerly the Civic Hall).

At the meeting local residents will be able to see proposals worked up by the county council in response to ideas raised at the last summit and to provide their views.

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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In Parliament

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...

Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL | Business of the House | Commons debates
Friday September 26, 2014
I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Interests; I am co-chairman of the all-party group for Kurdistan and vice-chairman of the all-party group for...

Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL | Business of the House | Commons debates
Friday September 26, 2014
The Kurdish President is on record as saying that the Kurds do not want British servicemen and women on the ground fighting the fight for them. What they need is better equipment, training and...

Government Strategy Against IS | Commons debates
Friday September 12, 2014
It is worth reminding ourselves of the facts on the ground. The Kurds have a 600-mile border with ISIL. Working with the Iraqi army and the Sunni tribes, they have to be front and centre of the...