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Two things have happened this month which should serve as a wake-up call to all who think that our comfortable western lives will carry on much as they have done in recent decades. 

Welcome news for our NHS this week

This week has seen two big health announcements from the Government - both of which will have a direct impact on Plymouth and the South Hams. Both of which highlight the Conservative Party's commitment to our NHS.

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This week I started to chair the Data Protection Bill through its committee stages. Thus will be my main focus for the next few weeks.

Free School Meals

Yesterday, the Commons voted on a new eligibility criteria for Free School Meals. Under our new regulations, we estimate that by 2022 around 50,000 more children will benefit from a free school meal, compared to the previous benefits system.  

Government Response to ‘Close the Gap’ Railway report

Back in January, after a number of South West Conservative MPs threatened to vote against the Government on a key HS2 vote in Parliament, we finally got some movement on the long-awaited Government response to the ‘Close the Gap’ railway report.

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As of March 2017 there are 11,659 post office branches in the United Kingdom. The vast majority of post offices (around 98%) are operated by franchise partners or sub-postmasters, who are independent business people. Only around 2% of post offices are directly managed by Post Office Limited. 

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This week I held a debate in Westminster Hall, our second debating chamber, to explore options about how to finance higher education. The Prime Minister recently instigated a review into how to ensure our system provides value for money and works for students and taxpayers.