Government Cash for Pothole Repairs

This week: great news. I have no doubt that anyone who regularly drives around the area will be delighted to hear that our Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is making another £100 million available to help repair potholes.

Better Off in Retirement with Auto-Enrol

It’s all too easy to put off thinking about the distant future. And for too long that’s what too many of us did when it came to pensions. This meant that there were too few people saving for retirement – about 10 million people were not saving enough for their ‘Third Age’.

Celebrating Social Workers

World Social Work Day took place last week, with social workers worldwide celebrating and raising awareness of the work they do.


Challenging the most-able students in a school is an admirable aim, so I was delighted to hear about Shenfield High Schools "super-curriculum" proposals for its students.

Looking To The Future

I caught up with constituent Dan Mauger in Parliament recently when he attended the Energy Innovation Exhibition with the company he co-founded with Mike Darby, Demand Logic.

New Towns, New Housing

As the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid spelt out last week, we need more homes in the UK – homes for families, homes for the older generation, homes for young professionals.

Energy Revolution

As we go to press it is cold. Very cold. Schools are closed. People are getting stuck in their cars overnight. And the sea around parts of the Isle of Wight has frozen. However, it’s not yet really cold.

Ofcom Protection for Broadband Shoppers

Broadband shoppers must receive better information about speeds, before they commit to a contract, under new protections announced by Ofcom this week.

First Aid Skills from the Red Cross

The Red Cross has been in touch to encourage more of us to think about doing some first aid training. While 999 is always the number to call for life-threatening illness and emergencies, knowing what to do when a friend or family member is feeling under the weather is always a helpful skill.

National Apprenticeship Week

It's National Apprenticeship Week 2018 this week, co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service. The event celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses, local communities and the wider economy.