News

New Delay Repay Scheme for GWR

I welcome the announcement that Great Western Railway will be introducing a Delay Repay scheme for passengers.  This long-awaited improvement to GWR’s compensation scheme is due to launch on 1st April 2019 and means that customers with single, return or weekly tickets will be able to claim compen

Update on Brexit

Here is an update on the Brexit process following the votes in Parliament this week. 

Spring Statement

On Wednesday 13th March, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Spring Statement to the House of Commons. The Statement detailed better than expected wage increases, rising employment and better growth forecasts than Germany.

Southern Link Road works

I welcome the commencement of the final phase of the scheme to fully dual the A4440 Southern Link Road. This follows an announcement earlier this month that the Government had approved almost £55 million of funding for the project from the Large Local Majors Fund.

Statement on March 12th Brexit vote

I was disappointed that the Prime Minister’s deal was voted down by the House of Commons last night.  I voted for the improved deal because I believe it delivered on the promise of the referendum result and there were also significant changes that reduced the risk of the EU being kept in a backst

Reopening of Ombersley Memorial Hall

Thank you to the chairman of Ombersley parish council and local residents for inviting me to the official opening of the refurbished Main Hall at Ombersley Memorial Hall. 

Droitwich Spa FC

I had a very productive meeting with professional footballer David Stockdale and Wayne Oliver to discuss exciting plans for Droitwich Spa FC and Droitwich sport in general. I look forward to doing whatever I can to help them fulfil their exciting plans for football and sport in the town.

Young Entrepreneurship Review

On Wednesday 6th March, Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP announced an independent Review into Young Entrepreneurship, to be led by the Prince’s Trust.

Pancake morning and Civic Service

My weekend started with a very enjoyable visit to the pancake morning at Evesham Baptist Church. The annual event is held as part of Fairtrade Fortnight and we had some productive discussions over chocolate pancakes about how the Fairtrade initiative can be supported. 

Visit to Buzz Electrical & Ellenden Farmshop

I had the pleasure of visiting Buzz Electrical in Evesham on Friday, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary. I particularly enjoyed meeting the team - many of whom had participated in Buzz Electrical's award winning apprenticeship programme.