Outstanding Essex Children's Services

I’m pleased to be able to tell readers that Essex County Council’s Conservative administration has been achieved the prized category of Outstanding for their Children’s Services.

Network Rail Update on Post Christmas Delays

A number of constituents have written to me to express their disappointment and frustrations about delays on their daily commutes to London since the Christmas engineering works ended, having already suffered huge disruption over the Christmas and New Year period due to track closures and a rail

Debates and Developments

You may read this expecting the latest on the political machinations surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Pensions Cold Call Scammers Banned

Over the years I have met a good many elderly people who have been stripped of all or part of their hard-earned pensions by cold calling fraudsters.

Outstanding Essex Children's Services

Great news from Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Dick Madden, this week following an inspection by Ofsted of the council's services for children:

Winter Pressures

A very happy new year to you all. The new year has been embodied for me by the series of remarkable images beamed back from the deepest reaches of our solar system, some billion miles beyond Pluto.

Rebuilding Children's Lives

As the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences I am all too well aware of how problems in the early years of a child’s life can have a profound effect for years to come.

Recycling Christmas

If you look around your home this week, there is a good chance your gaze will fall on recycling bags stuffed to the gunnels with screwed up wrapping paper, cardboard and plastic packaging and, in a moment, possibly this newspaper.

Your Words Can Make A Difference

Some of my most precious possessions are letters. Adolescent letters from school friends (pre-email gossip). Letters from friends living in exotic locations (including one from a friend in India in which a tiger appeared in front of him whilst he was writing to me).