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. 

Claire Perry meets local residents affected by flooding

Claire Perry MP has been meeting communities across the Devizes Constituency affected by flooding.  At a very well attended Flood Group meeting in Great Bedwyn last Saturday morning, Claire heard about the dreadful problems affecting the Bedwyns, and has offered help with chasing DEFRA flood protection grants, sorting out the pumping and capacity issues in Little Bedwyn and The Knapp with Thames Water, and working with Network Rail on culverts and pipes, and improving roadside and drain maintenance and more flood protection measures in homes.

Claire Perry seeks answers from Scottish and Southern Energy

Last week, Scottish and Southern Energy's (SSE) Managing Director, Mark Mathieson joined other power company representatives in front of the House of Commons Energy Select Committee, to respond to concerns about their responses to the recent power cuts. 750,000 customers across the country were left without electricity over the Christmas period.

More Good News

More good economic news this week with the IMF confirming that Britain is now the fastest growing major European economy and reports of the biggest quarterly fall in national unemployment since 1997 with those out of work falling by 167,000 and the British economy creating jobs at a much faster rate than most analysts had predicted. 

Claire Perry MP 'takes a step' against prejudice by signing Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment

In anticipation of Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January, Claire Perry signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment this week in the House of Commons.  Claire Perry joined thousands of other people across the country in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day to honour those who died during the Holocaust as well as honouring the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.