MP Launches Christmas Card Competition

The extensive woodlands of the Brentwood and Ongar constituency are adopting their Autumn mantle of red and gold, pumpkins are swelling in gardens and on allotments with the promise of Hallowe’en and our farmers are justly congratulating themselves on a harvest safely gathered.

End of Austerity

The Party Conference season is behind us and it’s back to usual hours in Parliament for what promises to be an extraordinary few weeks as the Government reaches a crucial point in the Brexit negotiations.

Supporting Brentwood and Ongar's Pubs

Parliament is in Recess at the moment for the Party Conference season, and I am making the most of not having to spend four days a week in London by catching up on many visits and meetings in the constituency.

Ongar Ploughing Match

There’s something timeless about the sight of a newly ploughed field, furrows gleaming in the late summer sunshine and the promise of the growth to come.

Agricultural Transition

Despite its proximity to London, and excellent rail and road links to the rest of the UK, the Brentwood and Ongar constituency is largely rural.

A Second Chance At Life

September’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month saw several constituents get in touch about how their lives have been affected by blood cancer, and asking for me to encourage more people to register as stem cell donors.

Do Children Need Energy Drinks?

The new school year has begun, and there’s good news for the teaching profession. There are now 11,900 more teachers in our classrooms than in 2010 - with increasing numbers returning to the profession.

Rough Sleepers

Last week on my Saturday rounds I was talking to some of the stall holders on Brentwood High Street, asking them about business and the state of the world.

MP Visits Brentwood Foodbank

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Brentwood Foodbank based at Doddinghurst Community Church. It was instantly apparent that Minister Jem Trehern and his brilliant team are doing amazing work.

Hats off To Paramedics

One of the great joys of my job is being able to spend time with those who make major contributions to our local community. The other week I had the privilege of spending time with two excellent paramedics and their ambulance.