Good roads, good homes and good digital 'highways'

It is safe to say that 2017 followed on from 2016 in being an interesting and busy time in national and global politics. In the space of the last three years, the UK has had more political activity than we could have expected in a decade.

New Year and my reflections

With Christmas over and the decorations packed away for another year, it is good to take a moment to reflect on the past twelve months, as well as to look forward with hope and optimism to what 2018 holds in store.

Industrial Strategy recognising our eastern promise

Last Tuesday, the Government unveiled its new Industrial Strategy, a highly anticipated event. However, it has to be admitted the news was somewhat overshadowed by another highly anticipated announcement: the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

St Edmund and beyond

I never fail to be impressed by the dynamic, forward thinking community we have across Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket; full of highly skilled, hugely committed individuals and businesses.

Patient data with patient outcomes

“Patient data is capable of improving patient outcomes”. This was the point I made passionately at this year’s BioData World Congress, held last week, at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge.

Nature still needs nuture

Just last week, the Government announced its latest step in helping to preserve our environment; introducing tougher new fines of up to £150 for littering, now including littering from vehicles.

Life-long learning with apprenticeships

Ever since I arrived in Parliament, I have been a passionate advocate and promoter of life-long learning; whether upskilling, reskilling or just encouraging new learning opportunities.

Building a sustainable vision for Suffolk

When discussing our rural economy in the East and here in Suffolk, it is often in reference to its net contribution to the national economy; a unique selling point of our region. However, I am keen to draw the discussion towards how our rural economy can serve everyone.