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Support for Southampton’s Arts, Culture and Creative Industries


The vibrant and diverse arts and cultural sector in Southampton makes our city so unique and a such a great place to live. Sadly, a lot of the cultural sector has been hit hard over the last 18 months with restrictions effecting creative events, the arts and venues which would normally be welcoming many visitors. [...]

Support for Southampton’s Arts, Culture and Creative Industries2021-09-10T12:37:59+00:00

Visit to the Southampton Children’s Play Association Family Day


Great to visit the Southampton Children's Play Association Family Day at Hoglands Park. They had a really successful day, with lots of families joining for a fun day out. Well done to Anna and all the team at SCPA. It was great to bump into the Mayor, Cllr Alex Houghton, Cllr Spiros Vassiliou, Anna Roberts [...]

Visit to the Southampton Children’s Play Association Family Day2021-08-03T09:22:22+00:00

PoliticsHome: Building Safety Bill must not leave behind leaseholders saddled with ruinous remediation costs.


This week I had an article published on PoliticsHome. During the passage of the Fire Safety Bill, Ministers said the issue of leaseholders would be addressed in the Building Safety Bill. We will hold them to their word and remind them that protection must be for all leaseholders, not just for the leaseholders of the future. [...]

PoliticsHome: Building Safety Bill must not leave behind leaseholders saddled with ruinous remediation costs.2021-06-25T11:15:15+00:00

Citizens Advice Scam Awareness Week


Scams and fraud are a massive issue and these crimes can happen to anyone. We can all play our part in spreading awareness and look out for potential scams. As a result of coronavirus, many people are facing issues with employment, debt, housing and health, and scammers are exploiting people during this particularly difficult time. [...]

Citizens Advice Scam Awareness Week2021-06-17T12:55:42+00:00

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2021


The 1st June marks the first day of the 37th annual Volunteers’ Week. This takes place during the UK’s Month of Community and is a celebration of the contribution and dedication of millions of volunteers who give up their time to help and improve other peoples lives. Volunteers are always at the centre of every [...]

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 20212021-06-01T11:04:10+00:00

17th May 2021 – Relaxation of Restrictions


I am delighted that the next stage of the Government’s roadmap plan has arrived. The success of the UK vaccine rollout, fall in cases and close monitoring of new variants has allowed the Government to unlock and reduce the number of coronavirus restrictions on our lives. Today’s relaxation of the rules will introduce indoor activities, [...]

17th May 2021 – Relaxation of Restrictions2021-05-17T10:22:53+00:00

Launch of Pet Theft Taskforce


Many constituents have been in contact with me recently concerned with the significant rise in pet theft over the last year. I am delighted to hear that on Saturday the Government launched the Pet Theft Taskforce to investigate the rise in pet theft since the beginning of lockdown. The taskforce will be chaired by the [...]

Launch of Pet Theft Taskforce2021-05-12T09:59:39+00:00

The State Opening of Parliament


Today Parliament reconvened for the next parliamentary session. During the state opening of Parliament Her Majesty the Queen outlined the government’s upcoming programme in her speech to Lords and MPs. The Government’s priority is the nation’s recovery, strengthening the NHS, reforming social care, focussing on creating jobs, supporting businesses and rebooting our economy. The speech [...]

The State Opening of Parliament2021-05-11T16:33:54+00:00
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