UK Leadership in Global Education

In the 11 years that I lived in Tanzania with my family I saw first-hand the poverty that so many people in developing countries face and conversely the economic and social opportunities that a good education can bring.

Drug Resistance Part Two – Malaria & Artemisinin

It is generally from south-east Asia that resistance grows to malaria drugs. We see that trend continuing as it appears that resistance has been growing to artemisinin-based combination therapy drugs (ACTs).

MP welcomes Asda’s pledge to reduce plastic waste

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed Asda’s pledge to reduce its use of plastic packaging and thereby create less waste. Jeremy, along with over 200 MPs, wrote to all supermarkets to encourage them to eliminate plastic packaging from their products.

HS2 / Health and Social Care

The Bill permitting the construction of Phase 2A of HS2 passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons last week.

Call for evidence to improve air quality

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is calling on households and businesses to share their views on proposals to cut harmful emissions caused by the burning of dirtier fuels.

Drug Resistance Part One – Tuberculosis

Significant progress has been made in tuberculosis (TB) care and prevention in the past thirty years. Despite this the disease killed more than 1.8 million people in 2015 alone. It has now surpassed HIV as the deadliest infectious global disease.

NHS / Social Care

When visiting County Hospital’s A&E on Christmas Day and Royal Stoke’s A&E on New Year’s Day, I saw both the pressure which staff were under and the calm and professional way in which they were caring for patients. On behalf of all my constituents who needed their care, I am grateful.

MP welcomes LIBOR funding for Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed the Government’s commitment of the final £36 million of funding from LIBOR fines to support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities. This finalises the LIBOR Charity Funding scheme and takes the total committed since 2012 to £773 million.

GE Jobs / EU Exit

After a good year in which unemployment in Stafford fell to record lows, the news of job losses at General Electric in Stafford and Rugby in the coming months is a blow; and my thoughts are with those affected.

EU Withdrawal Bill

There has been some controversy in the past week over the EU Withdrawal Bill. I will come to that. But I want first to write about the progress of the UK’s negotiations with the European Union which are far more important in the long term and which are reaching a critical stage.