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.
This week the government announced it would be pressing ahead with HS2 – the major rail infrastructure project to connect the north and south of England via high speed rail.
Last month I was very fortunate to be drawn 7th in the ballot for Private Members Bills – a very rare opportunity and the first time I have had such luck.
Last month, following the wet autumn and winter, I was struck by the unusual volume of complaints I have received from folk concerned – quite properly - about the very poor state of many roads across South Shropshire.
After more than three and a half years, Parliament has finally delivered the result of the 2016 referendum on EU membership.
At the start of any new Parliament, the first task of the Prime Minister is confirming who will form the new Government. The next task for Parliament is to choose who will hold them to account, through Select Committees.
In rather exciting news, for me at least, for the first time since elected in 2005 I have been successful in the ballot of MPs for a Private Members Bill.
As Parliament returned this week, I have been catching up with my postbag and inbox over the Christmas break.
I hope readers had a pleasant Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am delighted to resume my regular Letter from Westminster, having been re-elected for the fifth time as your Member of Parliament for the Ludlow Constituency.
I write this year’s Christmas Letter from Westminster decidedly early – in fact as my last act on my final day as your MP for Ludlow, before once again becoming your local candidate for election on Thursday 12th December.
Last month Extinction Rebellion climate change protestors attempted to shut down parts of the capital due to perceived inaction from the government around climate change.
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Friday 28th February
Cleobury Mortimer – Market Hall
Friday 6th March
Broseley – Victoria Hall