Appointment as Chairman of Executive Policy Commission on Ageing Well & Assistant Executive Member

I am pleased to have been appointed the Chairman of the Executive Policy Commission on Ageing Well and Assistant Executive member for Ageing Population. Whilst I am only 39, I do have an insight into the Ageing process due to my Muscular Dystrophy … [Read more...]

Electoral Reform: House of Lords

I note that the Government is still undecided about the final form of the House of Lords and is torn between its desire for an unelected House that does as it is told and a less predictable elected House. The danger of House of Lords reform is … [Read more...]

Electoral Reform: House of Commons

I am in favour of retaining the First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system that has been used in the United Kingdom for centuries as I believe the importance of the local link between a Member of Parliament and their constituency is vital to our … [Read more...]

Special CWC Council: Motion regarding Chester Student Village

This Motion raises 2 principle issues, the specific matter of this Planning Application and the general matter of how Planning Decisions are made but there is a single key phrase that binds them, that of “exceptional nature”. The Council website … [Read more...]

CWC Local Plan Debate: 10 September 2013

The Local Plan is an Important document for our Borough’s future and I would like to pay tribute to the hard work put into it by Council Officers and urge residents to respond to the consultation. It is however important to acknowledge there is a … [Read more...]

Thank you to all Conservative members who voted in NW Euro ballot.

I would like to thank all those Conservative party members who voted for me in the North West European Candidate selections and to give my congratulations to the successful candidates: 1. Jacqueline Foster MEP @jfostermep 2. Sajjad Karim MEP … [Read more...]

Priorities for Reform and Renegotiation on the road to a Referendum

During the recent hustings I was often asked what are my priorities for any future Reform and renegotiations prior to the proposed In/ Out Referendum and they are as follows: Trade & Business, Financial Reform, CAP/CFP Reform, Sovereignty, … [Read more...]

Is EU membership still the best option for UK trade?

"Trading Places: Is EU membership still the best option for UK trade?" is the name of an exceptionally good report into the ecnomomic case for EU membership and the potential alternative options to the UK.  It was written in 2012 and published by … [Read more...]

Please help stop the Strasbourg Circus

I would urge everyone to sign this Petition by Conservative MEP for South West & Gibraltar: Ashely Fox. "Twelve times a year some 754 MEPs, 3,000 staff and 25 trucks leave Brussels destined for Strasbourg at enormous cost to the taxpayer and … [Read more...]

Is there an appetite for reform in the EU?

This is a key question I am often asked by people about Europe, who feel that David Cameron's European policy will be dependent on finding partners in Europe. It is a legitimate question to ask, our case for reform and our position in any … [Read more...]