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.


Earlier this year, with my wife, family and friends I visited Normandy to see some of the beaches and bridges which were so important in 1944 when the Allied troops invaded. Today, on 6th June, D-Day, I pay tribute to those brave people who took part in that invasion.

Planting a tree at Puckrup

I was very pleased to plant a tree at Puckrup in celebration of 100 years of the Hilton Hotel brand. Congratulations to all the staff who work there.

The Prime Minister

Theresa May resigned as leader of the Conservative Party on 7th June. She will remain as Prime Minister until the Party elects a new leader, a process which will end around the third week of July.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Racing

I recently chaired a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Racing with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). I chaired a further meeting with the BHA, attended by the new Chairman of the BHA, AnneMarie Phelps, to discuss animal welfare.