Nobel Peace Prize 2019

As Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethiopia, I should like to congratulate Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

A417 programme of public consultation events

Gloucester Rugby Club,  Kingsholm Rd, Gloucester, GL1 3AX

Monday 30 September 2pm – 8pm


National Star College, Ullenwood, GL53 9QU

Thursday 3 October 2pm – 8pm


Witcombe and Bentham Village Hall, Pillcroft Road, Witcombe, GL3 4TB

A417 Missing Link

Following the Secretary of State for Transport’s confirmation that the A417 Missing Link proposed scheme can go out to public consultation, Highways England have been finalising their plans.

Cheltenham A&E

Recently, Health managers stated that there were no plans to close Cheltenham’s A&E “in September”. That is good news of course, but we need confirmation of their plans thereafter.

TV Licences for over 75s

As early at 1997, when I was first elected, I supported a Ten Minute Rule Bill which proposed providing free television licences to those over 75. I am very disappointed to hear that the BBC have decided to no longer fund TV licences for over 75s from 2020.

Dementia Care- Alzheimer’s Society’s photo exhibition

I recently attended the Alzheimer’s Society’s photo exhibition, to show my support for the great work that they do. I was shocked to hear that there are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, a number predicted to rise to 2 million by 2051.

Tiffin Cup in Westminster

I am delighted that my local Rajshahi Restaurant has been highly commended in this year’s Tiffin Cup in Westminster. This is such a prestigious award and to be praised this way is a testament to the fantastic work of all the staff, especially chef Giasuddin and proprietor Naz.

Passing of John McCririck

Very sorry to hear of the sad passing of John McCririck. He was a great racing character, personally kind and totally dedicated to “the booby”, his wife Jenny. Deepest sympathies. We’ll all miss Big Mac.

Sue Ryder hospice, Leckhampton

I was pleased to visit the Sue Ryder hospice at Leckhampton and meet manager Elise Hoadley. I was given a copy of A Better Grief which basically launches a campaign to put systems in place to help people through bereavement better.


Cheltenham Medical Centre

It is really encouraging to see proposals for a brand new £9 million GP super-surgery on the old Prestbury Day Care Centre on Prestbury Road.