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.
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.
With Parliament in recess this week, I have been meeting local people and attending events across South Shropshire. Travelling across the constituency and at home several evenings, I've had more opportunity than usual to keep up with how the British team are faring in the Winter Olympics.