Weekly Update

This has been a very busy week in Parliament, and I’ve had a number of important meetings to attempt to seek clarity on the proposed takeover of GKN by Melrose.

Westminster Update

On Friday, the House of Commons had the chance to debate two significant Private Member’s Bills – the Organ Donation (Presumed Consent) and the Overseas Electors Bill. I was pleased to be able to attend to support them both.

Severn Beach Railway - Public Meeting

In response to a number of constituents who had contacted me about their growing discontent with the Severn Beach rail service, I arranged a public meeting to address the various issues.

Funding Boost for South Gloucestershire Council

This week, Parliament approved a funding settlement for English local authorities that will see a real terms increase in available resources over the next two years and give local authorities access to over £200 million to deliver the high-quality services their local communities need.

Frenchay Residents Association

I recently met with Frenchay Residents Association to hear about their latest activities and to receive a briefing about the issues residents have been raising.

GKN Update

After receiving a lot of correspondence from local workers, I have been liaising with colleagues to ensure that the Government understands the worries of GKN employees and is fully briefed on the possible ramifications of a hostile takeover by Melrose.

North Bristol NHS Trust Halts Frenchay Site Land Sales

Following intervention by me and my fellow South Gloucestershire MPs, Chris Skidmore and Luke Hall, North Bristol NHS Trust have agreed that there will be no future land sales until the much awaited BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group’s assessment of community needs is published.

National Sikh War Memorial

Last week, I attended the Parliamentary launch of a campaign for a National Sikh War Memorial to honour the extraordinary bravery and sacrifices of Sikh soldiers in the service of Great Britain.

Melrose Bid For GKN

Following the concerns that have been raised regarding a proposed takeover of GKN by Melrose, I have written to Unite’s Assistant General Secretary asking him to notify any workers at the local Filton site of my offer to meet with them so that I relay their views to the Government.