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.
While Parliament does not sit during August, the government continues to work, not just on Brexit preparations, important as these are.
Last week I attended a truly heart-warming event, when Church Stretton Good Neighbours Care Group were awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service for their sterling voluntary work over 50 years.
Last weekend’s welcome rain followed near record high temperatures in Shropshire, across the UK and in Northern Europe, after one of the longest heatwaves in living memory.
Parliament is in recess for all of August, so MPs tend to fit in a family holiday as well as much as we can in our constituencies before the House of Commons resumes in September.
This week Shropshire Council discussed at Cabinet revisions to the New Parking Strategy Framework. I write ahead of knowing the outcome of that discussion, but it will have some impact on Bridgnorth, if approved.
Parking has been a contentious issue in Ludlow for many years. I recall discussing it as a problem when first elected to South Shropshire District Council, before I was an MP.
Building houses can prove a difficult challenge in balancing the need for new homes with sensitivity to the local environment.
Many local people living in and around Ludlow have contacted me concerned about proper public stewardship of the Mortimer Forest.
In the run up to this week’s NATO summit, on Monday I launched my report Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity.
More of our young people are going to university each year - a truly formative experience for most young people.
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