Claire's column: Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve and I hope that you have the presents wrapped, tree decorated and friends and family around to share the festive season.   It can be a fraught time of year, but for me it is also the best time; carols on Christmas Eve or a packed service on Christmas Day, the placing of the tree bauble bought to celebrate "baby's first Christmas", unpacking the battered nativity scene, making a pudding (mine was only done last week, sorry Delia) and chats that come more easily with friends and strangers alike.   I even like the darkness.

Claire's column: Ending the 2013 Parliamentary Session

We ended the 2013 Parliamentary session with a variety of interesting and relevant debates and while one of the few drawbacks of my new job is that I am not allowed to speak at length in the Chamber (although you may catch me saying things like "I beg to move that this House do now adjourn"), I do get to listen to long stretches of proceedings.

Daisy's card goes to Downing Street

Claire Perry MP has chosen a picture designed by Daisy Babey, aged 5 of Upavon for her 2013 Christmas Card.  Earlier this year, Daisy's picture was a Regional Winner in Royal Mail's Children's Christmas Stamp Design Competition and Daisy won £100 vouchers and £100 for Rushall CofE Primary School, where she is a pupil.

Claire Perry 'Paws for Thought' this Christmas

On Tuesday 10th December, Claire attended a Dogs Trust UK event in Westminster to raise awareness of the charity's annual Christmas campaign.  Hosted by Neil Parish MP, Claire joined the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Dogs Trust iconic slogan "A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas".

Calling all local musicians and film makers

The Rock the House and Film the House competitions offer Devizes Constituency based bands, music artists and film makers to be seen and heard by Music and Film Industry heavyweights and to win prizes ranging from festival slots, studio time, equipment, and the opportunity to premier in London's West End.

Claire Perry warmly welcomes help on business rates for thousands of Wiltshire businesses

14,000 business properties in Wiltshire will benefit from a comprehensive package to help the high street and support businesses announced at the Autumn Statement today. The package includes a business rate discount of up to £1,000 for retail premises, including shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, and relief for new businesses setting up in empty premises. Claire Perry MP has welcomed the news as providing real help for jobs and growth in the Devizes Constituency and helps keep town and village High streets vibrant.

Claire's Column: 4th December

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. 

Claire Perry Supports Small Business Saturday

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.

Claire's Column: 27th November

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.