Look Back in Ongar

Since I became an MP in the summer one of the issues that has come up on the doorstep with alarming regularity has been that of potholes. Indeed it is no secret that a number of our local roads have fallen into an unacceptable state of disrepair.

Autumn Budget 2017

Expectations were extremely high for the Autumn Budget - and the Chancellor’s room for manoeuvre was extremely limited.

Animal Sentience Confirmed by Government

Some constituents have been in touch to suggest the vote last week on New Clause 30 of the EU Withdrawal Bill signalled a weakening in the protection of animals. That is wrong, as Environment Secretary, the Rt. Hon.

Ongar Youth Councillors

I’ve been hugely impressed by the young people I have met in Brentwood and Ongar since I was elected earlier this year. Their enthusiasm for politics and getting involved is nothing short of inspiring.

Autism Agenda

I was pleased to support the National Autism Project at the launch of their Autism Agenda at a recent event in Parliament.

Universal Credit Rolls Out in Brentwood

Universal Credit is a revolutionary change to the welfare system coming to Brentwood this month. It replaces a large number of different benefit payments for people who are out of work with a single, simplified payment.

Brentwood is Best for Working Women

In a week of bad news, something good. I was delighted to hear last Tuesday that Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 had, after heavy research, decided that Brentwood was the best place in the country for women to work.

Paying for Policing - Have Your Say

I met Roger Hirst, the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, last week to catch up with the latest news on two of our excellent emergency services.

The Future Is Brentwood

The future is almost upon us. During my lifetime I’ve seen a number of innovations that have profoundly changed the way in which we live and work. I remember the advent of home and school computers (the ZX Spectrum 48k and the BBC Acorn respectively).