This election is about two choices: national and local.
Nationally, it is about whether we as a country recognise the challenges facing us over the coming years, and back Theresa May to lead us through them as our Prime Minister.
That means giving her a personal mandate to negotiate with the EU, and a majority big enough to get the required new laws through Parliament and stop the Nationalists in Scotland from breaking up the United Kingdom.
Locally, this election is about which candidate has the experience, profile and track record to represent us best in Westminster.
Whether it’s protecting Hereford and Ross hospitals, money for potholes—more badly needed now—new broadband, our booming Enterprise Zone in Rotherwas, the recent £8 million university start-up funding, helping hundreds of constituents a year or a host of other things, I believe my own record is second to none in Parliament—a fact recognised by three national awards.
I have not been afraid to speak truth to power, as with the vote to bomb Syria in 2013. But since then my roles as elected Select Committee Chair and now Minister of Energy have given me—and Herefordshire—direct access to the top of government.
I have always worked to the utmost of my abilities on behalf of local people, and thrown myself heart and soul into putting Herefordshire on the political map.
On June 8th I hope you will back me and Theresa May, locally and nationally, to continue this vital work.
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Jesse Norman has today celebrated the news that £8 million of Government funding has been announced for Hereford’s new specialist tech and engineering university.Read more
It is great news that the Hereford Library building on Broad Street has at last reopened its doors to the public, after a longer-than-expected process of cleaning out its old asbestos.Read more
Together with many other MPs, Ministers and people around the country, I watched last week as Lord Neuberger summarised the Supreme Court's judgment, by a vote of 8-3, ruling that the decision to trigger the UK's withdrawal from the EU must be subject to a vote in Parliament.Read more
As Hereford Times readers may have know, on January 9th I was made Energy Minister, as part of a ministerial mini-reshuffle which moved Baroness Neville-Rolfe to the Treasury.Read more
Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting Hopes Ash Farm.
Located in a lovely valley south of Ross-on-Wye, it is run by Robert and Rachel Davies. It started life as a dairy farm, but since the 1970s the family have branched out into cereals, beef, sheep, turkeys, and apple orcharding.Read more
Let me start by wishing all Hereford Times readers, and their friends and family, a very happy New Year!
A New Year is always a point of transition, and a moment to reflect.Read more
Happy 150th birthday to the Ross Gazette!
It is amazing to think that in 1867, just as Benjamin Disraeli was framing the second Reform Act and giving the vote to millions of people for the first time, so the roots of the Gazette was being established in Ross-on-Wye.