Stroud, the Valleys and Vale
The Stroud constituency was created in 1955. It includes Amberley and Woodchester, Berkeley, Bisley, Cainscross, Cam East, Cam West, Chalford, Coaley and Uley, Dursley, Eastington and Standish, Farmhill and Paganhill, Hardwice, Nailsworth, Painswick, Rodborough, Severn, Slad, Stonehouse, Stroud, The Stanleys, Thrupp, Trinity, Uplands, Upton St Leonards, Vale and Valley.
We are fortunate to be a beautiful rural area with a wealth of diverse towns, villages and industrial parts that sit comfortably alongside one another. There is an eclectic mix of independent shops, a brilliant farmer’s market, good transport links, leading businesses and good schools.
Stroud was held by the Conservatives until the General Election in 2017, when Neil Carmichael sadly lost by just 687 votes. It is my job to win it back and I am working with a large team of Conservative County Councillors, District Councillors, activists and the wider Gloucestershire teams to make this happen.
The number of people in full-time jobs has hit record high and unemployment has fallen in all regions under the Conservatives. Figures released on 17th April 2019 show that in the South West, there are 2,812,472 people in work, meaning that there are 318,156 more people have the security of a job than when the Conservatives took office.
This is a copy of a tweet thread that I posted on 17th April 2019 in the middle of the week where Extinction Rebellion organised a week of protests in London. At this point, there had been approximately 300 arrests, roads had been shut for days, protesters were glued to railings in London and protesters were trying to stop tubes to disrupt commuting.
The Conservative government is working to make the UK to be the safest place in the world to go online, and the best place to start and grow a digital business. A white paper and consultation has been launched seeking individuals and businesses to get involved. No-one has established a regulatory framework to tackle online harms. The UK will be the first and continuing global leadership in the field.
There have been significant debates about local school funding issues, both in the Houses of Commons and at the County Council. All councillors, MPs, candidates and local government are working to press the case for more special educational needs funding and increased funding for Gloucestershire schools. The Schools Forum mentioned in the motion is influential and run by teachers.