Personally Speaking: Buy British to kickstart recovery

Since my last column, the country has begun to come out of the Coronavirus lockdown.  Last Saturday saw pubs, cafes and restaurants reopen; a symbolic step forwards, but not the end.  Indeed, there was never going to be a single dramatic moment in which our lives go back to normal.  The reopening

Personally Speaking: Upholding our values

As I write this column, it strikes me that for the first time in months, the main recurring story in the news is not only related to the Coronavirus outbreak.  Whatever your view, it is undeniable that the death of George Floyd, and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests around the world have

Statement: Dominic Cummings

Since last weekend, I have been contacted by hundreds of constituents about the Prime Minister’s adviser Dominic Cummings, and the allegations that he broke the Government’s lockdown rules.


Personally Speaking: Let Captain Tom be an example to us all

When the lockdown rules to fight Coronavirus were first imposed by the Government just over three weeks ago, I heard lots of people commenting about how much this situation harks back to the War and the Blitz.  We are certainly in a battle, but this is a battle against a silent and invisible kill

Personally Speaking: Tackling Coronavirus

For most of us, the Coronavirus situation has suddenly become very real and I know many people will be extremely worried.  I imagine that you, like I, recall the first reports of this story early in the new year, firstly as an outbreak of a new disease in rural China, then by news that it had spr

Personally Speaking: New Free School crucial for our city

I have written in this column before about how we need to be more ambitious as a city, this is none more so than for our children and young people.  Every person in our city should have the ability to achieve and be their best.

Personally Speaking: Levelling Up

I am sure almost everyone at some stage has heard the Prime Minister talking about ‘levelling up’, rebalancing the life chances across our country.  At first glance this might mean improving things, such as our public services, our town centres and our transport networks.  Since heading back to W