04 DEC 2013
As the year draws to a close I find myself reflecting on changes locally and nationally. One big development is the reinforcement of Wiltshire's position as the garrison county of Britain with Army changes that will see more activity, more investment and more service personnel living and working locally. All this change could be disruptive if not planned but luckily Wiltshire Council, the MOD, health services, schools and local town and parish councillors are working together to ensure the investment is spent wisely and we are ready for the changes. Click here for the full story...
03 DEC 2013
Claire Perry MP is supporting Small Business Saturday on Saturday 7th December. This is a grassroots campaign that encourages people to shop in local, small, independent businesses and use local services instead of national brands.
Commenting, Claire said:
"Big national chains do bring jobs to our communities but for every £1 spent in a big store, only 43p stays in the area whereas if we support a local business, 68p stays local. Local businesses also provide us with a big choice and bring vibrancy to our high streets. That is why I am making a big effort this Saturday and in the run up to Christmas to support as many local businesses as I can!"
27 NOV 2013
This week's column is all about mathematics. If you are like me, that word will make your pulse elevate slightly, not in excitement but because for years I felt I couldn't "do" maths. Despite the best efforts of the teachers at Grove County Junior School in Somerset I struggled with long division, wrestled with fractions and gave up all together on algebra and it was only through painful effort during my Masters degree course in America that I finally overcame my demons and became confident with numeracy – although I always have a calculator in my handbag, just in case. Click here for the full story...
25 NOV 2013
In between unpacking boxes, I have been catching up with Constituency events. A highlight last week was being asked to present an Arctic Convoy medal to John O'Keefe at a ceremony organised by our local Royal Navy Association in Marlborough. As always it was an incredible honour to make this presentation and the event was once again lubricated by a healthy tot of Pussers Rum! From there it was off to a packed advice surgery where the topics of housing, local democracy, and support for vulnerable young people all featured, followed by meetings with local councillors to discuss their fears that Parish Councils may have to carry out local referenda if they want to raise Parish precepts. Click here for the full story...