Visit to Richard Hannon Racing at Herridge

Local equine businesses are significant employers across the Constituency and it is always a pleasure to visit Richard Hannon Snr and Jnr, and the rest of the team at Herridge.   We discussed the challenges of recruiting and retaining stable staff and also issues with broadband speeds which are a

Gazette & Herald Column: We're working to keep our high streets alive and well

The health of our high streets has been to the fore this week as I responded to an urgent debate in the House of Commons over the changes to the portfolio of Marks and Spencer’s shops (caused by the company recognizing the need to invest and change its portfolio to compete in a world where more a

Gazette & Herald Column: New Health centre could be an example for others

I have campaigned since before I was elected in 2010 for improvements to our local healthcare services, and now that we have secured £7m NHS funding, I was delighted to receive confirmation this week that plans for the Marshall Road site have been given the go-ahead by Wiltshire Council.  The exc

My Weekly Roundup

Personally, I am always happy at this time of year thanks to the lighter evenings and blooming flowers in the countryside, and at the weekend we all had a good excuse for a party with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. See what I have been doing in Devizes and Parliament here: 

Gazette & Herald Column: Economy in good shape so we should be cheerful

I recently received an email from someone who subscribes to my weekly roundup accusing me of being too positive about everything and saying that he found my optimism very annoying.  I made the obvious suggestion that he “unsubscribe” from the distribution list, but it got me thinking about the ma

Newbury 2018 – GWR Offers Goodwill Payment to Season Ticket Holders

There will be no trains at Bedwyn and Pewsey next week (Monday 14 May – Thursday 17 May) for the next phase of works to electrify the line to Newbury, which when complete will see new trains serving Bedwyn and Pewsey, with more seats, improved reliability, and crucially the continuation of direct