Pokesdown Station update

On Friday I had a very productive meeting with Directors from both South West Trains and AFC Bournemouth. It was great to bring the two together to discuss Pokesdown for Boscombe station and possible improvements for the future.

Improving Rail Travel to Bournemouth

For anyone travelling or commuting between London and Bournemouth, the journey time can be frustrating. Despite being only around 100 miles between London and Bournemouth, the journey takes on average just under 2 hours. Some train journeys of 3 hours also still also run between the two.

Illegal Traveller Incursions in Bournemouth 

Dorset Police do an incredible job to keep our community safe. They faces tough budgetary and resource pressures, yet are still able to provide the highest standards of professionalism and dedication, which earns the respect and admiration of residents and visitors alike.

Dorset Council – Restructuring

Due to funding cuts and the need to make savings across the county, Dorset’s councils are considering reducing the number of councils in the county from nine to two from 2019. It is important that the views of all those who will be effected by changes are heard, before a decision on whether to restructure councils is made. 

Public consultation will be from 30th August-25th October 2016.

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. 

State Opening of Parliament - Queen's Speech

Today the Queen delivered her State Opening of Parliament speech for 2016 which focused on using the strengthening economy to: deliver security for working people; increase life chances for the most disadvantaged; and, strengthen our national security.


I am glad the government has taken on board the advice offered by those working in the education sector, with regards to the new academy proposals. Following discussions with local councils, teachers, governors and parents, the government will continue to focus on raising the standards and attainment levels of school, ensuring that all schools have the necessary support they need to do this. 

International Comment on the EU Referendum​

The referendum outcome will impact our politics, our economics, our security, our reach and our influence far beyond our own shores. All would agree that foreign voices should refrain from commenting on domestic election campaigns, but it is for this reason that this convention does not, and should not, apply to the EU referendum. 

My thoughts on the EU

For a number of months I have been considering my opinions on our membership of the European Union