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 children and teachers across the country will be enjoying a well-earned break for half term. I visit local schools in the constituency on a regular basis, and have recently been to those schools which have achieved the most marked improvement in their Key Stage 2 & 3 results, to see how best practice can be spread.
In London this week protestors sought to shut down parts of the capital to draw attention to climate change. Local Extinction Rebellion members last weekend had made a point of declaring their position calmly in Ludlow, ahead of the protests in London.
I have, since first elected in 2005, campaigned for fairer funding for rural schools, and have achieved some success – with changes to the national funding formula to include some provisions for the additional cost rural areas face.
Following contact with a constituent recently raising the case of an elderly lady who had been left to wait on the pavement for an ambulance in Ludlow, I have been taking a closer look into both ambulance response times and the way in which we can better treat stroke and heart attacks before an ambulance is able to arrive.