As MPs return to Parliament after a short break at Easter, it is, I think, a good time to reflect on what has happened in politics so far this year, both nationally and on a local level, and what I have been doing in Parliament to support my constituents.

In Parliament, Brexit continues to dominate the political airspace.

I myself have spoken in four Brexit debates in the Chamber of the House of Commons since the beginning of the year.

I will continue to support the Prime Minister’s efforts to secure a workable withdrawal agreement and, if need be, vote to increase Parliamentary control of the process to avoid a no deal exit. I provide regular Brexit updates via email so please do contact my office if you are one of my constituents and would like to be added to that list.

Brexit aside, I have spoken in debates on the support available to young carers, the impact and management of diabetes, and the performance of Great Western Railway.

I have asked Parliamentary questions regarding, amongst other things, the safeguarding of children online, higher education financing, deaths from epilepsy, and healthcare staffing. All of these are available to view on the Parliament website –

I have met with ministers to discuss issues important to our local area: improvements to our rail network, including discussions on the reopening of Grove Station, and the state of healthcare in Wantage, alongside our local health professionals.

We have received some good news in the Chancellor’s spring statement: The Government have announced a £218million investment in roads and bridges for southern Oxfordshire.

This is not only great news for South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse but for the whole of Oxfordshire. This is a good example of how councils working together with MPs, local businesses, community groups and residents can submit a significant bid to the Government resulting in success.

In the constituency I continue to meet with residents, businesses and community groups: recently I have met with GPs in Wantage and Didcot, parish councillors along the A420 to discuss their concerns about the road, residents affected by poor management from their landlords, The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner and numerous other local charities, residents and businesses with their own concerns.

As Parliament returns I hope you will continue to keep me up to date with your concerns, so I can best represent you there.