Gazette and Herald Column 25th June

Like many parents I am in a whirlwind world of end of exam celebrations, speech days, prize givings and performances and facing the endless questions from my children as to why he/she should attend anything at the others' school. 

Gazette and Herald Column 18th June

I am a child of the 1970s Comprehensive movement - well taught in some areas (incredibly so in sciences) but left to languish in the CSE set for maths and work out my own grammer and spelling in English, all in the name of self expression and creative writing.

Gazette and Herald Column 4th June

We are getting back into the Parliamentary swing of things. Most MPs now have offices (I thankfully just moved back into mine and unpacked the boxes), postbags are starting to bulge again and have also re-started my regular advice surgeries and local meetings. 

Gazette and Herald Column 28th May

Does diversity matter? As the green benches fill up with new MPs much is made of the fact that we now have the most diverse British parliament ever. 

Gazette and Herald Column 21st May

I arrived back in Westminster this week to witness some of the drama that surrounds the first few days of a new Parliament.

Claire Perry disappointed to miss Green Hustings

Claire Perry, Conservative candidate for the Devizes constituency, is disappointed to miss this week's Environmental Hustings in Pewsey organised by Green Party and Labour Party activists, but is proud of the Conservatives' green record.

Update on Bedwyn and Pewsey Train Services

In March, the Secretary of State for Transport announced a new four year contract for train services in the Great Western area to be provided by First Great Western Limited (FGW).

Wiltshire Flooding

This week, I made several local visits to assess flood damage and to discuss plans and requirements to reduce the chances of this happening again.  Some of the flooding is "Act of God" related, with heavy and sustained rain falling in a short time on sodden ground.  London, for example, is reported to have received half its annual rainfall total in three weeks over Christmas but in many areas there are sustained and structural problems to solve.