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.

Trade Deals with the USA

It is very encouraging that the USA has said that they very much want to do trade deals with the UK when we leave the EU, probably sector by sector to start with.

New Dowty Propellers factory

I am very pleased that the aerospace manufacturer Dowty Propellers has announced that it is building a new propeller factory in the constituency. Having a global organisation opening a factory is a great opportunity for the area. 

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.

Safe Staffing Saves Lives

It was great to meet with NHS staff from across the South West at the Royal College of Nurses event in Westminster. Thank you to those who shared their stories, including my constituent Ewout. We need to more ensure safe and effective care is provided for staff as well as patients. 

Cancer Research UK- Shoulder To Shoulder

I met with the Cancer research UK team in Westminster to discuss their new #ShoulderToShoulder campaign. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer.