Greater Anglia Rail Services

If you are a regular commuter travelling from Ingatestone or Shenfield on the Greater Anglia service to London, you will be aware of the double whammy of faults which have caused problems for journeys this week.

Best Start In Life for All Children

This week I am delighted to be able to report that the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has announced a multi-million pound investment in state-of-the-art facilities for children with special educational needs, helping to ensure that every child has the best start in life.

Winning the Deficit Battle

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP told a packed Conservative fundraiser in Brentwood that Britain was winning the battle against the deficit left by Gordon Brown and the financial crisis.

World Class Health Care

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Basildon Hospital’s A&E on Nurses Day. Basildon is a high performing hospital and I’m pleased to report that it was a model of calm efficiency.

Voting and Bunting

Writing a weekly column for this newspaper means I am often catching up or looking into the future, and this week sees me doing both, in a Janus-like way.

Oasis of Calm for School Children

I have made it my mission to visit every school in Brentwood and Ongar within the next year and am enjoying meeting so many bright, enthusiastic and infinitely curious young people.

RAF in Essex

A hundred years ago the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to form the Royal Air Force.

Brentwood Business Awards - Nominate Now!

I’ve always impressed by the array of small and medium sized businesses carrying the mantle of Essex entrepreneurialism. Over the past year I’ve visited firms which print, decorate, house-build, farm, brew, sell cheese, water plants and develop futuristic car technology.


This is the first article I have written for the Gazette since the Prime Minister ordered air strikes against the Syrian regime.