Fortnightly Update #5 - 08.07.2016

Welcome to my latest update. The last fortnight has been one of the most turbulent in British post-war political history. And it seems likely that we will be digesting the repercussions for some time to come.

But the world hasn't stopped turning. Plenty has been going on away from the machinations about the Party leadership - from the Chilcot report into the Iraq war to the work of the Justice Select Committee. I hope this summary is useful. 

Best wishes,



Over The Last Two Weeks, Alex has:
  • Questioned the Prime Minister in Parliament following the publication of the Chilcot Report into the war in Iraq READ MORE HERE
  • Led a debate in Parliament calling for the reform of homicide law. WATCH ALEX'S OPENING SPEECH HERE
  • Spoken out against xenophobic attacks in the aftermath of the EU referendum READ MORE HERE
  • Joined MPs at hustings events for candidates hoping to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister (Alex has declared his support for Theresa May) READ MORE HERE
  • Been interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the Conservative Party leadership contest
  • Held talks with the new Chief Executive of Gloucestershire NHS Trust, Deborah Lee, at Trust HQ to discuss NHS services in Cheltenham
  • Addressed graduates of GlosCol 'Access to Higher Education' course at graduation ceremony in Princess Elizabeth Way campus
  • Read and responded to over 700 Cheltenham residents who emailed concerning Britain's future relationship with the EU
  • Campaigned alongside WASPI women in Parliament Square to support Cheltenham women adversely affected by the accelerated equalisation of the state pension age
  • Supported GE Aviation's 'Girls Get Set' Fun Day at Gloucestershire College READ MORE HERE
  • Organised trip to Parliament for fifty Battledown residents and held Q+A session in select committee room
  • Attended the Healthwatch Gloucestershire AGM in Gloucester to raise the issue of the impact of devolution on the county's healthcare
  • Held talks with Managing Director of BT Openreach in Parliament to demand solutions for the remaining five Cheltenham cabinets that need to be connected to super fast broadband (this meeting was followed up with talks in Shire Hall with Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, and representatives of the Government-backed Fastershire scheme)
  • Arranged and attended a meeting between Midwinter estate residents, Edge Networks (a local ISP) and Cheltenham Borough Council to plan innovative and bespoke solutions to slow broadband speeds in their neighbourhood
  • Quizzed Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, in Parliament about ongoing broadband problems and secured his agreement to visit Cheltenham READ MORE HERE 
  • Attended the Warden Hill family fun day
  • Attended the Montpellier Summer Fair
  • Supported the Midsummer Fiesta in Montpellier Gardens
  • Paid his respects to Cheltenham's war dead at a service at Pittville Pump Rooms to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme
  • Met local entrepreneurs to discuss the impact of the EU referendum on their businesses
  • Supported the Singing for Syrians fundraising initiative in Parliament
  • Visited All Saints' Academy to support the ''Send my Friend to School’' day of action, met pupils and answered their questions
  • Welcomed the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, to Cheltenham
  • Visited the Cheltenham Tesco store on Tewkesbury Road to support Neighbourhood Food Collection Project
  • Visited the Oncology Centre at Cheltenham General to meet staff and pledge his support for the 'Hit Cancer for Six' campaign
  • Officially opened (brilliant!) Cheltenham firm, Omega Business Services' new site at the Cheltenham Business Park on Arle Road
  • Gave interview to a Cheltenham student regarding education provision in Leckhampton
  • Written two articles for the Gloucestershire Echo regarding Brexit and the leadership READ HERE
  • Pressed the Roads Minister in Parliament to encourage the Government to reward local authorities who employ innovative methods for pothole repairs READ MORE HERE
  • Invited striking teachers to engage in constructive discussions with the Department for Education READ MORE HERE
  • Participated in two sessions of the Justice Select Committee, which included cross-examining the Chief Inspectors of Prisons, Probation and the CPS
  • Supported the celebration of the fifth anniversary of High Value Manufacturing Catapult in Parliament
  • Backed Heart Valve Voice's campaign to improve people's awareness of heart valve disease. READ MORE HERE
  • Supported Arthritis UK's awareness event in Parliament
  • Showed his support for Cancer Research at their Parliamentary Reception
  • Held meeting with 'Pup Aid' to discuss campaign to end illegal puppy farming
  • Chaired meeting with Law Society to plan programme of events for APPG on Pro Bono Law (Alex is chair)
  • Supported fantastic new DEYA brewery business in Cheltenham, based on the Lansdown Estate
  • Attended the Cheltenham College and St Edward's School Speech Days (part)
In addition, Alex has responded to hundreds of emails from constituents and attended a number of other meetings, debates and events in Parliament and in Cheltenham. To view more of his written and oral contributions in Parliament CLICK HERE.

Alex will be holding his next constituency surgery at the end of 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
Alex led debate to reform the law of homicide
Remembering Cheltenham's war dead on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme
Supporting the 'Hit Cancer for Six' campaign at Cheltenham's Oncology Centre with Brewin Dolphin
Welcoming Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to Cheltenham
Supporting the official opening of Omega in the Arle Road Trading Estate
Supporting the official opening of Omega in the Arle Road Trading Estate
One of Alex's youngest constituents on the terrace of the House of Commons
Supporting the launch of the new DEYA brewery in Lansdown Industrial Estate
Raising awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees through the 'Singing for Syrians' initiative 
Supporting the 'Girls Get Set' day run by GE Aviation in Gloucester. These girls are from Pittville School
Joining volunteers collecting for the Tesco Neighbourhood Food Collection on Tewkesbury Road 
Showing support for Arthritis UK
Welcoming Battledown residents to Parliament. Next tour coming soon!
Campaigning alongside WASPI women in Parliament
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