Oxford-Cambridge Expressway Drop in

John attended the drop-in organised by the No Expressway lobby group in Parliament today to hear more of the concerns being expressed. Today much of the focus was on proposed housing across the Arc. 

Justice Week 2020

Justice Week 2020 aims to improve access to justice by boosting the profile of justice and the rule of law. John attended the Parliamentary drop-in to find out more. 

This year the week is focusing on promoting greater awareness to young people to help them understand:

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