15th March 2013
In what can only be described as federalist idiocy the the European Commission this week proposed that the UK be forced to hold next year’s European Elections on a Sunday - in order to encourage us all to feel ‘more European’. They clearly haven't spoken to many of my constituents.
14th March 2013
Last year Weymouth hosted the Olympic sailing regattas and so played an important part in the greatest sporting competition in recent British history. To discuss how the Olympic legacy and new technologies can be used to promote the local Tourist industry I went to meet with County Councillor Andy Cooke, Cllr Ian Bruce (Brief-holder for Tourism on Weymouth Borough Council) and representatives of Resort Marketing and Getaway Digital.
11th March 2013
I watch the preparations for the Falklands Referendum on whether the Islanders wish to remain British with interest. There are numerous parallels between these islands in the South Atlantic and the ‘Rock’ of Gibraltar. Both territories are populated by people who want to remain British. Both are threatened by a foreign power that wishes to change that relationship without their consent.
4th March 2013
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Barn Owl Centre near Gloucester to see the good work that the Charity are doing to reintroduce injured wild owls back into the wild and ensuring that unwanted domesticated owls have round the clock care. The Centre sits on a twelve acre farm to the south of Gloucester City and currently has over sixty-five owls and other birds of prey on in their care.
4th March 2013
I recently visited Honda, which currently employs 3500 workers at its large industrial site in Swindon, to discuss the impact that the European economic downturn is having upon its operation. This was especially poignant in the wake of Honda’s announcement to reduce its workforce by 800.
21st February 2013
Since the European Council agreed to cut the EU budget for the first time in 56 years, the European Parliament has been posturing and positioning itself to stand against the wishes of national governments. Some MEPs are now talking of holding a secret ballot in an effort to thwart the wishes of Member States.
13th February 2013
With the horsemeat scandal still engulfing the food industry I met with Devon based farmers near Exeter earlier this week. At a well attended meeting, organised by the NFU, local farmers voiced their concerns regarding the problems facing British food producers, the proposed reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the impact that 12 months of almost constant rain is having on the food chain.