We have just about the best health service in the world - free at the point of use and serving us from the cradle to the grave. But even the best services sometimes need additional help, sometimes need maintenance. We are living longer. There are new treatments and technologies available.
The biggest investment in our railways since Victorian times – some forty billion pounds – is currently being rolled out across the UK rail network, bring benefits to millions of passengers across the country. It will mean more trains, more seats and better stations.
Brentwood Brewing in Essex has won SIBA's (Society of Independent Brewers) national ‘Brewers in the Community’ 2018 award and I was delighted to present them with their award at their p[remises at Calcott Hall Farm in Brentwood.
Cold calling is that pushiest type of salesmanship, disruptive, unsolicited, inconvenient and intrusive. We all have stories. The endless PPI pitches, the ambulance-chasing legal firms and so on and so on.
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.
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.
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.