School's Out for Summer

As the summer exams end there is time for GCSE and A level students to blink their way back into the light and rediscover the joy of sunshine and fresh air.

The Best Health Service in the World

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.

More Trains, More Seats, Better Stations

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.

Congratulations to Award-Winning Brentwood Brewing Company

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 Crackdown

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.

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.