Beginning Brexit

This week has been a memorable week, both in Westminster and for the country; as Parliament debated the first stage of the Bill which intends to trigger Article 50, and start the negotiations to exit the European Union. For me, whilst the decision has been challenging, the result is clear.

Fairer funding for future generations

Everyone can agree that we want to deliver a world-class education system that gives our young people the chance to make the most of their talents and abilities, no matter what their start in life. Yet, as it stands, the current schools funding system fails to deliver.

A helping hand to mental health

On Monday, the Prime Minister announced plans to “transform” attitudes towards mental health as well as the services available to patients, with a particular focus on children and young people.

One Year On: UK Cancer Strategy

As we enter the New Year, it is not often that your first thought for discussion is cancer. However, I recently took part in a House of Commons backbench debate to consider the Cancer Strategy one year on.

Obstacles and opportunities for our Eastern region

It is only usual that, on the eve of Christmas we reflect on the twelve months that have passed and think of our own New Year’s Resolutions. However this year, we end 2016 with a vastly different political landscape from the one that we began with.

The Autumn Statement looks to the future

With winter underway, last week’s Autumn Statement gave the first indication of Brexit Britain and the economic outlook for the period ahead.

From A to B along the A14

Nothing says November more than wintery weather and dark nights and with this, the need to ensure our roads are up to scratch and accessible for motorists. Just yesterday I led, in my new role as Chair, a meeting of the No More A14 Delays in Suffolk campaign.

Help for homelessness

Just recently, I had the pleasure of opening twenty five new affordable homes in Bury St Edmunds, developed by Havebury Housing Partnership.

Station to station; raising the barriers on East Anglian rail

On Monday, the East of England welcomed the new East Anglia Rail Franchise. Albeit launched at Liverpool Street Station London, the new franchise was celebrated by franchisee Abellio Greater Anglia, the Great Eastern Mainline Taskforce and Network Rail as well as Rail Minister, Paul Maynard MP.

Supporting our armed forces

What a week and what a conference! This year’s Conservative Party Conference was a buzz with meetings, panel discussions and talks from the future of cancer care to protecting the international reputation of UK universities.