People sometimes forget that referendums are very different from general elections.
In referendums there are no MPs, no political parties and no Prime Ministers (indirectly) to vote for. Their impact runs, not for five years, but for at least a generation. A bad decision cannot be improved only a few years later by voting the other way.Read more
As a rule the policy of this column has been to focus on local issues.
On the nitty-gritty of potholes, school funding and better public services in our gorgeous county. Not for it the commentator’s curse of lush and airy speculation about national or international events.
And certainly not, ahem, politics.Read more
Hereford and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman delivered petitions last night in Parliament from local people calling on the Government to deliver fairer funding for rural schools.Read more
Local MP Jesse Norman today warmly welcomed the news that the Government is backing the project to build a new university in Herefordshire.Read more
It is always my pleasure to show off our beautiful county to visitors.
So I was delighted to welcome Liz Truss, the MP for South West Norfolk and Secretary of State at the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs to Herefordshire recently.Read more
Ours is a truly historic county, and our heritage entices visitors from across the country.Read more
The proposed closure of No.1 Ledbury Road has featured heavily in these pages, and my in-tray has been filled with correspondence from local people who are concerned at the situation. Only last week the centre was temporarily closed at no notice due to staff illness, causing great distress to those it serves.Read more
I was delighted to deliver a petition to the Prime Minister with the folks from the Herefordshire branch of the Campaign For Real Ale.Read more
From the moment I was first elected as your MP, I have been determined to achieve one thing above all else: a fairer share of public funding for Herefordshire. Every week my in-tray is filled with issues affected by the under-funding of public services.Read more