Fortnightly Update #4 - 25.06.2016

The British people have spoken. The United Kingdom will leave the EU.

It was not the result I, or the majority of the people of Cheltenham, voted for. But we live in a democracy, and the verdict must be respected.

What is now required is a period of calm as we begin to chart a new course as a nation. There will be bumps in the road, but we must hold our collective nerve. This is a time for cool heads and clear minds.

I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the decision of our Prime Minister to resign. David Cameron has been a strong leader for our country. He is also an honourable man, which is no doubt why he has taken the course he has. Many of us - Remainers and Brexiteers - wish he could have seen his way to stay.

It is also time, after a passionate campaign, for us to come together again as a town. I remain absolutely focused on fighting for a bright future for Cheltenham as well as our great country. We can achieve both. We will do. The campaigns for fair schools funding, jobs, investment and the NHS go on.

Over The Last Two Weeks, Alex has:
  • Published a report (in his role on the Justice Select Committee) into access to justice and tribunal fees (in summary, concerns raised that inflated fees are damaging access to justice). READ MORE HERE
  • Taken part in a debate on the economic benefits of the European Union. READ MORE HERE
  • Taken part in a debate about foreign aid expenditure (in summary, called for 0.7% to be met over a longer period to avoid waste of taxpayer funds). READ MORE HERE
  • Welcomed the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to Gloucester for the EU referendum campaign
  • Supported Royal British Legion campaign for veterans to be identified as a specific category in any future national census (to help improve care and support for ex-military)
  • Written two weekly columns for the Echo. READ HERE
  • Joined Cheltenham Rector and Area Dean, Tudor Griffiths, in Westminster Hall in Parliament for the National Prayer Breakfast
  • Been interviewed by the BBC for an upcoming programme regarding stalking
  • Sat on the sixth Delegated Legislation Committee for the draft Double Taxation Relief and International Tax Enforcement Order 2016
  • Attended Parliament for tributes to murdered MP, Jo Cox. Attended church service in St Margaret’s, Westminster
  • Attended the Cotswolds Conservation Board reception
  • Joined the Attorney General for celebration to mark the passage of the Investigatory Powers Bill
  • Abseiled down the Eagle Tower to raise money for the Mayor's charities
  • Attended and supported the Fairview Community Day (just outside the fortnight but inadvertently omitted from last update)
  • Held Q&A with group of Cheltenham students from Gloucestershire College in Parliament
  • Supported UK Music reception in Parliament to promote the UK live music industry
  • Met with Head of Cheltenham Trust, Julie Finch, at the Wilson Museum to discuss tourism agenda for Cheltenham
  • Held talks with local primary school teachers to discuss concerns regarding timing and content of new SAT exams
  • Joined GCHQ staff for visit to Cheltenham's new Cyber Innovation Centre
  • Spoke at NHS Staff Awards to thank local doctors, nurses, volunteers and support staff for their dedicated service to the NHS
  • Attended the opening of the new Brewhouse and Kitchen at the Brewery complex
  • Visited Balcarras School to meet teachers and governors to discuss Multi Academy Trusts (MATS). Q&A with politics students
  • Welcomed Disability Minister, Justin Tomlinson MP, to Cheltenham for visit to Star College and Leonard Cheshire home
  • Met with Cheltenham Senior Voice members to discuss transport and EU referendum
  • Went on night patrol with Cheltenham Street Pastors
  • Met with local residents and Leckhampton Court Hospice to view flood damage; wrote to GCC to raise concerns about drain network
  • Took part in Cheltenham Challenge 5k run in support of CCP
  • Met young person with history of using ‘legal high’ drugs at YCMA centre on Vittoria Walk to discuss impact of these dangerous psychoactive substances, now banned by the Government
  • Addressed local businesses on his cyber vision for Cheltenham at the Sterling Network Group
  • Spoke with residents and staff at Monkscroft Care Home about upcoming EU Referendum
  • Joined Julie Girling MEP in Cheltenham for referendum campaigning
  • Interviewed by the BBC and the Breeze following referendum result
  • Held constituency surgery at office in Henrietta Street
  • Had bike stolen from Boots Corner (!) - £100 reward! READ MORE HERE

Alex will be holding his next constituency surgery in July for residents who wish to raise any issues with him. Appointments must be booked in advance by calling Hannah Wright on 01242 210473 or emailing
On night patrol with the Cheltenham Street Pastors
Welcoming the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to Gloucester for the referendum campaign
Viewing flood damage at the Sue Ryder Hospice in Leckhampton
Supporting the CCP Cheltenham Challenge
Abseiling down the Eagle Tower to raise money for the Mayor of Cheltenham's charities
Welcoming Gloucestershire College students to Parliament
The view from the ground as Alex starts his descent...
Supporting the Fairview Community Day
Being interviewed by the BBC about campaign to improve protection for victims for stalking
Supporting the Cotswold Conservation Board in Parliament
Welcoming the Disability Minister, Justin Tomlinson MP, to Leonard Cheshire home in Cheltenham
Meeting residents at Sandfields Care Home
  • Gill Holloway exhibition at the Parabola Arts Centre. READ MORE HERE
  • GE Aviation Aquatholon at the Sandford Lido (26 June). READ MORE HERE
  • The Playhouse Company presents: 'The Final Test', by Chris Paling and directed by Elizabeth Maisey (17- 18 and 22-25 June). READ MORE HERE
  • Chris Guest Art Exhibition, NR Gallery (until 26 June). READ MORE HERE
  • Gloucestershire Flowers Brass Band Performance (29 June). READ MORE HERE
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