Opinions

Reflections on the EU Referendum.

We voted. And participated in one of the biggest democratic exercises in our history, with more than 33 million people having their say. 

Blog – Space for a Quiet Zone?

Bournemouth is arguably Britain’s most popular seaside resort but its success is not simply 7 miles of wonderful beach but the diverse experience now on offer. Given the competition with other resorts (and not just in the UK) all seaside towns must offer not just an attractive location but an experience. Bournemouth leads the way in constantly re-inventing itself and offering a wider variety of options for visitors and residents who are ever more selective in the experience they seek. 

My support for the Cancer Campaign

Today, I am joining other MPs to #spreadtheword to support the Breast Cancer Campaign. On the 10th of September I will also be attending the Parliament ‘Wear it Pink’ event, bringing the campaign to the heart of Government.

Navitus Bay Wind Farm Proposals - My written submission

This week, I submitted my official response to the consultation on the Navitus Bay Wind Farm development plans. Below is the copy of my submission; if you would like to register to submit your own opinions on the development, the deadline for online submissions is Monday 23rd June.
 

The Budget

It’s in the days immediately after the budget speech - when the small print of the Red Book has been scrutinised that the full impact of the budget becomes apparent. And if the newspaper headlines, radio interviews and a very weak Opposition response are anything to go by, this Budget is standing up to scrutiny and is already being recognised as a significant statement of intent, building on this Government’s long-term economic plan of reducing the deficit, creating more jobs and making people more financially secure.

Long Term Economic Plan

The latest Conservative Party Political Broadcast shows how the Conservative long-term economic plan is helping people across the country - helping those who want to work hard and get on in life.  You can see the broadcast here.

The Immigration Debate: Little Englanders vs. Open Doorites?

Migration is a sensitive subject at any time but the end to transitional arrangements with Bulgaria and Romania has seen battle lines drawn between the 'little Englanders' with a seemingly isolationist, anti-EU approach and the 'Open Doorites' justifying an over reliance on migrants to keep Britain working and to remain internationally competitive on the left. As with most arguments of the extremes, common sense lies somewhere in the middle.

The case for Two Aircraft carriers

Tobias Ellwood MP argues in his RUSI Report that operating both the aircraft carriers currently being built would cement Britain’s position as ‘a global player with a military power of the first rank’ and also provide compelling operational and financial benefits.