Health and schools funding (09 Aug 2018)
As a health minister in the current Government, I am familiar with calls for extra public spending.
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Childhood obesity (19 Jul 2018)
It's tough being a parent these days. We all want our children to be healthy, happy and active but it's hard in a world filled with temptation.
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The High Street - and business rates... (14 Jun 2018)
One of my favourite books is Look Up Winchester which is a self-tltled 'tour of Winchester's hostoric High Street above the eyeline, with stories behind its facades.'
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Cycle Winchester (17 May 2018)
Many readers of the Hampshire Chronicle will share my passion for cycling and no doubt frustration that Winchester - and the surrounding area - is not yet the safe cycling space it could be.
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Environmental zeal (19 Apr 2018)
Regular readers of my column will remember how, back in November, I made reference to the zeal with which Michael Gove has set about his work as Environment Secretary. I think it is fair to say in the time since he has not let up!
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NHS pay rise (29 Mar 2018)
Last week, many of my constituents working in the National Health Service received the welcome news that they are set for a pay rise, and it goes without saying it is hugely deserved.
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Rehab and ACT FAST (22 Feb 2018)
As reported in the Hampshire Chronicle, I recently visited Hobbs Rehabilitation in Martyr Worthy which was incredibly worthwhile; both as the local MP but also as England's Public Health Minister.
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The benefits of BoomTown (25 Jan 2018)
There has been discussion in recent weeks of BoomTown Fair and plans to increase the size of the festival over the next two years.
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Churches Together Prayer Breakfast (21 Dec 2017)
Fittingly for the season, last Friday I took part in a special Prayer Breakfast organised by Winchester Churches Together at the Guildhall.
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Bees and a busy few months for the environment (30 Nov 2017)
An MP's postbag can be a revealing snapshot of what constituents feel passionate about.
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Council homes, health and local students (26 Oct 2017)
I found myself in Manchester earlier this month and one thing I remember from Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party Conference speech was her announcement that a new generation of council houses will be built, with an extra £2billion of funding going into the affordable housing budget.
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M3 and the threats we face (02 Oct 2017)
Last Saturday's nightmare on the M3 was a reminder that the threats we face are becoming more complex and diverse.
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Royal Hampshire County Hospital (24 Aug 2017)
When I was first elected, more than seven years ago, I remember people predicting the imminent closure of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
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Local school funding (27 Jul 2017)
There has been much talk this year about the future of school funding and it rightly featured heavily during the recent General Election campaign.
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We all have a part to play in unity over division (22 Jun 2017)
After a break from my column last month during the General Election it is good to be back.
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Syria, North Korea and Easter (20 Apr 2017)
Over the Easter weekend I read in the Guardian how President Trump is coming in for heavy criticism.
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Winchester is changing... (23 Mar 2017)
Winchester is changing. That is happening too fast for some and nowhere near fast enough for others.
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Stranger Danger lessons (23 Feb 2017)
One hundred and fifty years ago this August, eight year old Fanny Adams was playing with her sister in their home town of Alton when a man approached them with money for sweets.
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ASKtheNHS (26 Jan 2017)
The turn of the year saw widespread coverage of the winter pressures facing our NHS.
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Looking back at 2016 (15 Dec 2016)
Christmas is the one time of year when an MP's mailbag slows a little and, I must admit, I am looking forward to some time with the family and a period of reflection after what has been an extraordinary year.
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