£5bn Funding for Community-based Projects

As well as economic recovery, it's important that we secure social recovery from COVID-19 in our communities. That's why we're investing £5 million to support wellbeing through community-based projects across the country.

Salisbury - First Full-fibre City

I'm extremely grateful to Clive Selley and the team at Openreach for the work they've done to make Salisbury the UK's first full-fibre city.

Dogs Trust Meeting

Yesterday I met with Dogs Trust to discuss important issues relating to puppy smuggling and animal cruelty. I am glad that this government is supporting measures to ensure the highest standards in importation and the greatest welfare for dogs across the UK.

Meeting with Children's Commissioner

This week I met with Anne Longfield OBE, Children's Commissioner for England to discuss the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Yesterday I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust (UK)'s 'Book of Commitment' in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day. As we come to mark 75 years since the liberation of the concentration camps, antisemitism remains a scourge on our society.

Spending Round Announcement

After watching yesterday’s deeply disappointing move by MPs to frustrate the implementation of the referendum result, it was good to be back in the House of Commons this afternoon to see the Chancellor of the Exchequer deliver the Spending Round announcement.

Armed Forces Day

After months of preparation, Armed Forces Day weekend has arrived! I've just visited St Thomas's Church in Salisbury to speak with Lt. Col Neil Stace about the Flags of Thanks exhibition - a very moving tribute to our military.

Carers Week in Parliament

I enjoyed attending the Carers Week event in Parliament on Monday and had a good discussion with representatives from Rethink about the particular challenges of caring for those with mental illness.

Neurorehabilitation in South Wiltshire

In the light of deep and continuing concern about the future of Glenside, its patients and its staff, I am more mindful than ever of the importance of neurorehabilitation and the need for tailored specialist care to support people with brain injuries.