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FOBT stakes

Outside Parliament supporting High Street employees in bookmakers' shops whose jobs are at risk from a massive cut in FOBT stakes. My registered interests in the industry give me an insight into the risks of this policy which anti-FOBT campaigners are unaware of.

Christian Aid week

I'm pleased to be supporting #caweek this year. We #StandTogehter with Christian Aid to help those forced to leave their homes through conflict and natural disasters.

Eggs, Pigs & Poultry Industries

Not a great photo, but I went along to support the Eggs, Pigs & Poultry industries at their breakfast meeting this morning.

Supporting Greatwood Charity

With my Assistant, Katie, at Newbury racecourse supporting Greatwood charity. This excellent charity brings disadvantaged youngsters together with retired racehorses.

Small businesses

At Treasury Questions I asked the government to consider taking steps to reduce the administrative burden of tax compliance on small businesses. The FSB estimates that the average small business loses three working weeks a year to tax compliance.

Health care services

With the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, discussing health services in Gloucestershire and the £39.5n extra money which the government is providing for our two main hospitals, which I am very pleased to welcome.

Missing Link

I have made a submission to Highways England in support of the Option 30 solution to the Missing Link problem, believing it offers the best way forward in reducing the congestion and accident rate on these roads. The consultation ends on 29th March.

Northern Ireland

At No 10 to discuss Northern Ireland issues, including the need to restore the NI Executive

 

Vision Aid

At a Vision Aid Overseas event in Parliament to highlight the need to improve access to affordable eye care in developing countries, including eye tests and glasses, particularly for poorer communities and children.

Infrastructure Projects

I have held discussions on two large infrastructure projects this morning. First, the solution to the Missing Link problem, which is moving on; and secondly, the expansion of Heathrow Airport, the importance of which is growing.