Local News

Rheinmetall

I recently met with David Pile and Peter Hardisty of Rheinmetall at their Bradley Stoke offices to discuss the company’s projects in the UK and their plans for the future.

Little Stoke Primary School Year 6 Class

Last Friday I visited Little Stoke Primary School to speak to their Year 6 class about being a Member of Parliament. It was great to see that the children were enthusiastic about finding out about the role of an MP and had been enjoying learning about government in their lessons.

BizSpace

This week I visited BizSpace’s latest site in Bradley Stoke to see their range of bespoke office spaces. Having invested £2.9 million, BizSpace are hoping to become a new enterprising hub for the community and work closely with Business West to support local entrepreneurs.

South Gloucestershire MP's Criticise NHS Trust About Frenchay Hospital

An NHS Trust has been criticised by the MPs for Kingswood, Filton and Bradley Stoke, and Thornbury and Yate for encouraging a planning application for new homes on a site reserved for the future Frenchay Community Hospital, which forms a key part of local NHS plans to bring rehabilitation and rec

Barclays Branch Closure

Unfortunately Barclays have taken the decision not to re-open their Patchway branch after extensive fire damaged caused the bank to close in June 2017.

Railway Crime Debate

At Business Questions this week, I called for Parliament to hold a debate regarding the impact of crime on rail travel after cable theft caused havoc for commuters this Tuesday morning at Bristol Parkway.

Severn Bridge Tolls VAT Scrapped

From today, local residents will benefit from cheaper travel across the Severn Bridge after the Government approved plans to make tolls VAT exempt. Cars heading for Wales will be charged £5.60 instead of £6.70, with vans paying £11.20 - down from £13.40 - and coaches £16.70, currently £20.

Boost for local Post Offices

This week the Government announced £370 million extra funding for the Post Office to extend opening hours, cut queue times and protect rural branches.

Funding Increase for Avon & Somerset Police

I welcome today’s announcement from the Home Office that there will be a £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales. This includes an additional £270 million for police force budgets, so that individual forces have the resources they need.

Rail Franchise Consultation

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, has written to me and other South West MPs regarding the GWR rail franchise. The Government want to ensure that there are more seats, more trains, and faster and more frequent services throughout the South West, and in London.