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11:20am Monday 21st July 2014
THIS week’s column has been made possible by a twist of fate that happened in 1882. It’s all to do with my great great grandfather, who was born in 1831, lived in Upper Stratton and went by the impressive name of Adolphus Adams (not many people can say they have an Adolphus in their family).
4:37pm Thursday 17th July 2014
Last week we had an unwelcome example of something that has thankfully become much rarer these days – a national strike by some trade unions about national issues, which had a disproportionate effect on some local residents.
BARRIE HUDSON: I wish someone would open a Lapp-dancing club featuring a knees-up with a fully dressed person from Finland
12:18pm Tuesday 8th July 2014
THE Swindon licensing committee plans to consult the public on the regulation of ‘sexual entertainment venues.’ “Sexual entertainment venues’ is apparently the official term for strip joints, lap-dancing places and those shops with the blacked-out windows where mucky books and terrifying pieces of equipment are sold.
11:50am Monday 7th July 2014
5:10pm Friday 4th July 2014
Ofsted recently published a report Going The extra mile: Excellence In Competitive School Sport warning too many pupils are being denied the chance to take part in competitive sport and it is often treated as an optional extra.
7:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014
THE public sector is going through an extensive period of change as we face falling budgets and rising demand. To cope with this, we are adapting from being a council whose job it is to provide things – the traditional model with which everyone is familiar - to being a local authority that works with partner organisations to get the best results for people.
2:20pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014
2:09pm Tuesday 1st July 2014
11:04am Monday 30th June 2014
3:46pm Friday 27th June 2014
THIS week is Armed Forces Week, culminating in Armed Forces Day tomorrow. I am immensely proud of the work servicemen and women have done and continue to do to protect our freedoms both at home and abroad.
3:40pm Thursday 26th June 2014
4:50pm Wednesday 25th June 2014
IN the last few days I’ve had the pleasure of visiting two truly inspirational centres of learning in South Swindon. Not traditional schools or colleges – although we are lucky to have excellent examples of both in this area.
2:37pm Tuesday 24th June 2014
11:39am Tuesday 24th June 2014
8:00am Thursday 19th June 2014
7:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014
1:36pm Tuesday 17th June 2014
2:38pm Monday 16th June 2014
1:20pm Friday 13th June 2014
2:02pm Thursday 12th June 2014
12:43pm Wednesday 11th June 2014
7:00am Monday 9th June 2014
3:30pm Friday 6th June 2014
THERE are times I still pinch myself that I am actually lucky enough to be an MP and on Wednesday we had the Queen’s Speech, one of the most exciting times to witness first-hand all the pomp and ceremony of Parliament.
1:06pm Thursday 5th June 2014
11:59am Wednesday 4th June 2014
LAST week I talked about the vital role of an MP in helping to promote local businesses which bring jobs and growth to our economy. This week, I’m delighted to have been able to put that in to practice.
12:13pm Monday 2nd June 2014
12:19pm Friday 30th May 2014
2:22pm Thursday 29th May 2014
11:12am Wednesday 28th May 2014
11:17am Tuesday 27th May 2014
3:51pm Monday 26th May 2014
5:30am Thursday 22nd May 2014
2:20pm Tuesday 20th May 2014
11:10am Monday 19th May 2014
2:37pm Tuesday 13th May 2014
8:00am Monday 12th May 2014
5:30am Thursday 8th May 2014
1:33pm Tuesday 6th May 2014
3:09pm Monday 5th May 2014
4:41pm Wednesday 30th April 2014
1:16pm Monday 28th April 2014
5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014
3:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014
12:36pm Monday 21st April 2014
For the best part of 10 years, this column has been spouting words of wisdom on the peculiar situation that we will all, if we are lucky, eventually find ourselves in, which goes by the name of middle age.
9:53am Thursday 17th April 2014
5:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014
11:37am Tuesday 15th April 2014
3:07pm Monday 14th April 2014
It drives me up the wall when I think about wallpaper. At precisely 8.35pm last Tuesday, I removed the steamer from the wall of our front room and aimed my scraper at the chimney breast. Half a second later, the last little scrap of wallpaper in our house came away and fell on the floor.
11:58am Wednesday 9th April 2014
11:08am Tuesday 8th April 2014