Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

The idea of an Oxford-Cambridge Expressway was first set out in the Department of Transport Road Investment Strategy in 2015 at the time of the coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal-Democrats.

Mediation in Planning

With planning again proving to be a contentious subject in this area I have reproduced here an article I wrote with barrister, John Pugh-Smith, on the use of mediation in the planning system.  It is difficult to see what is not to like about a cheap and quick way of resolving disputes that works


It was devastating to see the damage caused by floods towards the end of last year and recent floods bring more concern. Today having looked at the warning on the Environment Agency website I went out in the constituency to see for myself the worst effected places.

Online safety for children

On Safer Internet Day (11th February) John joined with more than 1,000 schools, charities, and businesses to pledge their support for making the internet a safer place for children and young people.

SODC Local Plan

The situation with regard to SODC’s continuing ownership of its Local Plan could be easily solved by SODC.  All it needs to do is allow the Plan to continue to examination in public before a Planning Inspector and for the Council to add potentially significant amendments and modifications for the

Trophy Hunting

I truly believe that, as sentient beings who can experience fear and pain, all animals should be treated with thought and care. Trophy hunting involves pursuing an animal in conditions which cause that animal large amounts of stress, fear, and ultimately pain.

Protecting oceans

Our oceans are currently facing unprecedented challenges.  These include climate change and over-fishing. It also includes the prevalence of plastics. That is why it is more important than ever to take action to ensure our seas are healthy, abundant and resilient.

Council of Europe January Session

I have just returned from a week at the Council of Europe where I represent the UK on the Parliamentary Assembly.  This body becomes more important after Brexit as it is the main body for UK parliamentarians to engage with parliamentarians from 46 other European countries.  There were a number of

Brexit Day

At 11pm on Friday night, the United Kingdom left the European Union after some 47 years. This marked the delivery of the vote taken in the Referendum and the start of a new phase of our history. 

Alcohol and Beer Duty

Following the announcement made in the Queen’s Speech in December that alcohol duty will be reviewed, I am confident that that the Government will continue to support pubs and will keep costs low for consumers. After all, in 2013, the Government took the decision to end the beer duty escalator.