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.

Severn Trent Apprenticeships

Meeting with Severn Trent apprentices in Westminster today. We need to continue to promote apprenticeships as a great route to building a fulfilling career.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethiopia

With Ethiopian Ambassador Hailemichael & Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Ababi Demissie. The Ambassador briefed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethiopia on the current situation in the country.

British Council Scheme

Learning about the British Council scheme #FutureLeadersConnect.

Applications are now open for people aged 18-35 in Canada, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, UK and USA:

Ban Shock Collars

At the British Vets drop-in event advocating a ban on the use of shock collars on cats and dogs. #BanShockCollars