Philip regularly writes for local publications including the Shropshire Star, Ludlow Advertiser and Bridgnorth Journal as well as a monthly piece for several parish magazines.
As regular readers of this column will know, I take great interest in the protection and improvement of our environment. I often use this page to provide updates about my work as Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee, as well as environmental commitments from the government which will deliver improvements in South Shropshire.
This week the House of Commons returned from the Summer recess, a week earlier than planned pre-COVID. While many MPs will return, provisions still remain for proxy voting until the end of September, since the Speaker is keen to avoid a repeat of the situation when the virus emerged, and coronavirus spread rapidly throughout Westminster. The recess for Party conferences, usually occurring between September and October, has been cancelled, so the House will sit for longer.
On Tuesday I attended a virtual meeting of MPs who represent constituencies within the Severn River catchment area, from the Welsh hills of Powys to the Severn Estuary, to learn more about the Severn Valley Flood Risk Management Scheme.
As the effects of coronavirus take hold on our economy, it is vital that two issues are addressed to ensure young people who want to make a life in Shropshire are able to do so - namely, a job to ensure the security of a regular pay-packet; and enough homes at affordable prices.