Digitally enabled businesses in rural Braintree

Speaking in the Parliamentary debate on last week's budget, I praised the growing number of small businesses in Braintree and the surrounding villages and highlightend the important need for strong broadband connectivity.

In my speech I argued that small businesses form the cornerstone of the British economy and highlighted ESco Business Services Ltd as a role model rural business.

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Healthcare in Essex - Your views

nhs-logo_1_.jpgBoth before and since the General Election I have spoken to a number of people who have concerns about the quality and availability of NHS health provision in Essex. 

I have already had meetings with Ben Gummer MP, Minister at the Department of Health, and civil servants about the steps needed to bring about improvements but I also want to ensure that local views are brought to their attention. 

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My maiden speech

Maiden.jpgI am obliged to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in this debate and I thank the hon. Member for Southampton Test for a riveting speech.

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My position on the EU negotiations

European_flag.jpgWhen I was selected and throughout the General Election campaign I was asked what my position on Europe was, my answer was always the same.  I said that if there were a referendum today, based on our current relationship with the EU I would vote to leave but I wanted to see what deal the Prime Minister could come back with from his renegotiations with Europe.

I stand by that position.

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Hosting Ukraine Debate

Ukraine debateYesterday I co-hosted a debate with Lord Trimble on behalf of the Henry Jackson Society entitled "Fighting Hybrid War and Pushing for Reform in Ukraine"

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