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.
Confirmation before Easter that the Treasury and Department of Health had approved the funding case for up to £312m investment in our acute hospitals at Shrewsbury and Telford, was really welcome news for all of us who have campaigned for better healthcare in Shropshire.
In rural counties like Shropshire, with a dispersed population and vast road network, we all know it is not possible to deliver a public transport system which will reach every resident – so community transport plays a vital role supplementing commercial providers.
Since I first became your local MP, I have championed the needs of those who live in rural areas. Over ten years ago I became the inaugural chairman in Parliament of a cross party group set up to campaign on behalf of rural communities to provide a strong voice in Westminster. At the end of January, I was once again elected as co-Chair of this All Party Parliamentary Group for Rural Services.