I’m proud to have been voted the third most helpful out of 650 MPs

Swindon Advertiser:

10:20am Friday 12th September 2014

FACEBOOK has quickly become one of the mainstream methods of communication for people across the world.

Council must always back the horse that is most likely to deliver eventual success

Swindon Advertiser:

10:36am Thursday 11th September 2014

It’s not easy to get major building and regeneration projects up and running, as every part of the UK has found. Swindon is certainly no different.

The importance of fairer fares on the trains

Swindon Advertiser:

9:23am Wednesday 10th September 2014

SWINDON is a railway town. We owe a great deal to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Great Western Railway and the generations of Swindonians who worked there.

Some people are still adamant they will never vote again

Swindon Advertiser:

9:42am Friday 5th September 2014

Each and every election that passes we continue to see a worrying trend of increasing voter apathy. A 65 per cent turnout at the general election, just over 30 per cent for the local and European elections, and a shameful 10 per cent for some PCC elections.

Schools had running water, but only because the roofs were leaking

Swindon Advertiser:

10:40am Thursday 4th September 2014

As children start the academic year, I am pleased to see the ever-growing choice from the good schools that are available in this borough. This September we will see the new University Technical College join our existing secondary schools and colleges as it accepts its first pupils. We also have new primary classes opening in the town centre and north Swindon. Although it’s the Council’s role to ensure that there are sufficient school places, since 1988 the law and government policy has made parental choice a key part of the school allocation process. Over the next few weeks, we will be inviting parents to register for school places in September 2015. Since I am both a parent and a former Cabinet Member responsible for Children’s Services, I know how important these choices are.

Better Together – it’s more than just a slogan

Swindon Advertiser:

9:45am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

This week Parliament has returned after the summer recess. It’s been a busy few weeks and a very welcome opportunity to spend even more time in Swindon, talking to residents, meeting community groups and attending a large number of local events.

Our resolve must not waver in the face of such adversity

Swindon Advertiser:

10:13am Friday 22nd August 2014

Over the last few days we have witnessed the horrific and disturbing images of the brutal murder of American photojournalist James Foley at the hands of the barbaric terrorist organisation known as the Islamic State.

We wanted the fire put out and the polluter to pick up the bill

Swindon Advertiser:

5:52pm Thursday 21st August 2014

As work goes on to tackle the fire at the Averies waste site, I would like to explain the huge amount of work that has been going on, much of it requiring meetings with our partner agencies about operational matters. The Fire Brigade has responsibility for putting the fire out. The Environment Agency has responsibility for licensing such sites. The Council has no formal role, but as the smoke was affecting residents and businesses, we used our powers to help co-ordinate activities.

BARRIE HUDSON: Adults just don't know what they are talking about

Swindon Advertiser: BARRIE HUDSON COLUMN: Boot up for a car boot sale in real comfort

3:50pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THERE were fewer A-Level passes this year, which is apparently seen as a good thing by people who like to witter on about falling standards.

GRAHAM CARTER: My dear wife feels as if she is playing second fiddle to a pushbike

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

3:52pm Monday 18th August 2014

“YOU love that bike more than you love me,” said my wife, pointing at my trusty steed in the garage.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Their confidence, work ethic and determination to put something back into their local community is amazing

Swindon Advertiser:

1:40pm Monday 18th August 2014

THIS summer, across Swindon, hundreds of young people aged 16-17 will have taken part in the National Citizen Service (NCS). NCS is a scheme that was the personal project of Prime Minister David Cameron.

BRIAN MATTOCK: We must provide care to those people in need

Swindon Advertiser: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

5:00pm Thursday 14th August 2014

FOR the next two weeks, I am covering for Councillor Renard, who is taking a short break. As well as being deputy leader of the council, I am also the cabinet member for health and adult social care.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: The actions of the militants have been brutal in the extreme and the effect has been awful to watch

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

10:30am Wednesday 13th August 2014

This summer our TV screens, newspapers and social media have been filled with international events that have struck a chord with so many people.

GRAHAM CARTER: I have a medical condition called bridge geekiness

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

1:43pm Monday 11th August 2014

SWINDON is not noted for its bridges, generally, but there is one that has a special place in my heart – and now that heart is breaking because they are going to pull it down.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Royal Mail is investing to cope with changing demands

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

4:06pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

AS I mentioned last week, the Parliamentary recess is a great opportunity to get out and about even more in South Swindon, meeting local residents, community groups and major employers.

BARRIE HUDSON: Let the fracking begin

Swindon Advertiser: BARRIE HUDSON COLUMN: Boot up for a car boot sale in real comfort

11:43am Tuesday 5th August 2014

FRACKING – harvesting oil and gas by using water jets to break rocks deep underground – could be coming to Swindon.

GRAHAM CARTER: Today is a day for being proud of what our ancestors did for us

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

11:10am Monday 4th August 2014

YOU can never tell what this column is going to be about each Monday, and until I start writing it, sometimes I don’t know, myself. But this week there is no contest.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Think of those who left our growing town in 1914 to defend our freedoms

Swindon Advertiser:

1:07pm Friday 1st August 2014

MONDAY marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. In the four years that followed, more than 20 million people were injured and 16 million men, women and children lost their lives; including more than a million British casualties who made the ultimate sacrifice.

DAVID RENARD: There will be people who now feel inspired to take up new sports

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

12:12pm Thursday 31st July 2014

AlLONG with many residents, for the past week I have been enjoying the Commonwealth Games. It was so great see Jazz Carlin, a Swindon-born and educated athlete, win a gold medal.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Children deserve the best schools so they can gain the skills to get on in life

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

1:56pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE school summer holidays are now underway, but just before the end of term Swindon received some excellent news about an increase in spending on our children’s education.

BARRIE HUDSON: Pin all the blame on that nasty Mr Putin

Swindon Advertiser:

12:02pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THIS week, some handy hints on securing a public inquiry into a cause dear to your heart.

GRAHAM CARTER: Locals can’t do enough to welcome you to the party

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

1:54pm Monday 28th July 2014

I DON'T want to make a song about it, but we have taken the high road to Scotland (35,000 feet, according to the pilot), and I’m writing this on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: This is a fantastic opportunity, in an area I have been very active in Parliament

Swindon Advertiser: Justin Tomlinson MP for Swindon North

1:23pm Friday 25th July 2014

Parliament is a very interesting place during reshuffles. Deep down, I suspect most MPs are keen to advance; some are openly ambitious, whilst others dismiss any potential opportunities with bravado.

DAVID RENARD: We are keeping centres in areas where children are most in need

Swindon Advertiser:

11:25am Thursday 24th July 2014

ON Wednesday night, Cabinet started the consultation process on changing the focus of our services for children to make sure that we spend more on reaching the most vulnerable.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Part of my role will be to review sentences which may be unduly lenient

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

11:27am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AS I write, it’s exactly a week since David Cameron asked me to join the Government as Solicitor General as part of his reshuffle. It’s an honour and privilege to have been appointed to this historic position, records for which date back to the 14th century.

BARRIE HUDSON: Problem with rats? Send for the '70s...

Swindon Advertiser: Rats invade homes in flood-hit areas

11:25am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RESILIENT rats are plaguing Old Town.

GRAHAM CARTER: It takes colonial cousins to remind us how lucky we are

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

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).

People have the right to strike but I believe the recent action was not warranted

Swindon Advertiser:

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

Swindon Advertiser:

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.

GRAHAM CARTER: If only they would trust teachers to treat kids like kids again

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

11:50am Monday 7th July 2014

WELCOME to The Twilight Zone. In our house we’ve crossed over into another dimension between parenthood and grandchildren – and pretty weird it is, too.

We must ensure we take action to boost all sports in our schools

Swindon Advertiser:

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.

DAVID RENARD: Shared centre means public need no longer traipse around offices

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

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.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: We need to make sure our footpaths are as safe as they can be

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

2:20pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

SWINDON is a safe and secure place to live, but just occasionally we are all shocked by a rare and incomprehensible event like the murder of Tom Rogers.

BARRIE HUDSON: In tents experience

Swindon Advertiser:

2:09pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

I WENT camping a while ago.

GRAHAM CARTER: At least there have been no reports of parents fighting over them

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

11:04am Monday 30th June 2014

YOU know you are getting old when a new playground craze sweeps the world but you’ve only just heard about it.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: I am very proud that we have put the Military Covenant into law

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

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.

DAVID RENARD: I wonder if today some people in the town would have said no to his plans?

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

3:40pm Thursday 26th June 2014

I MAKE no apology for returning this week to the subject of the best ways to get business investment in Swindon.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Help is at hand for students with special needs

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

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.

BARRIE HUDSON: Prostitute guide is the real McCoys

Swindon Advertiser: Guide to Adult Services author George McCoy

2:37pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

YOU’LL have heard that Swindon features in a new book called McCoy’s Guide to Adult Services in South West England Plus South Wales.

GRAHAM CARTER: Sweets haven’t become more fattening since we were in short trousers

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

11:39am Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE news may have escaped you amid the noise of England’s latest World Cup humiliation, but the Government has decided to ban school tuck shops.

DAVID RENARD: Leisure deal should keep all our sports facilities running

Swindon Advertiser: Cuts not an excuse for us to walk away from duties

8:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

HARD work by this administration has secured the future of the borough’s leisure centres and golf courses, without any further need to subsidise them with public money.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: This is not about widening the net, it’s about making the net stronger

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

7:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

IT'S often said that backbench MPs – those who do not have a ministerial job – have little influence when it comes to government policy.

BARRIE HUDSON: Send for the X-squad

Swindon Advertiser: The X-squad can wage war on drugs...

1:36pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

POOR old Swindon Council has come under fire for another business deal that’s turned out a wee bit unfortunate.

GRAHAM CARTER: We’ve just returned from a wonderful break in a place that was a war zone

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

2:38pm Monday 16th June 2014

I WONDER if, in 40 years’ time, our children will be taking holidays in Syria, Ukraine or Iraq.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Football is aiming to help kick out domestic violence for once and all

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

1:20pm Friday 13th June 2014

THIS week I was honoured to host in Parliament the launch of the Football United Against Domestic Violence, a new campaign by Women’s Aid, utilising the powerful medium of football.

DAVID RENARD: To thrive we need to say yes to new homes and new business

Swindon Advertiser: Cuts not an excuse for us to walk away from duties

2:02pm Thursday 12th June 2014

OUR main aim is for the years ahead is to promote economic growth.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: It has been an honour for me to be involved with Harry’s story

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

12:43pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

THIS week’s events to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day have been humbling to watch.

GRAHAN CARTER: Insurance companies give us cheap premiums when we reach 50 for a reason

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

7:00am Monday 9th June 2014

DRIVING is like sex: young people think older people shouldn’t do it, and they have no idea how much better you get at it when you have the benefit of experience.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: There are times I still pinch myself I am lucky enough to be an MP

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

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.

It’s a tough task to select the council’s chief players

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

1:06pm Thursday 5th June 2014

MY main task this week is to select the key players who will form the council’s cabinet team for the coming year.



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