Latest updates from Daniel

Dairy Farming

I’m sure we’ve all seen the footage of dairy farmers Nationwide protesting the low sale price of milk via ‘trolley dashes’ this is one of a number issues that face farmers from all over Britain today. In the last month, four farms in the west midlands have closed. This has significant consequences as not only is it a personal tragedy to the farmer, but also it has a massive impact on the local economy which rely on local and small agricultural enterprises to be at the forefront of a thriving community.

The Shropshire Care commissioning group

On Thursday the 13th of August the Shropshire Care Commissioning Group will be making further announcements in regards to the Future Fit Plans for Shropshire’ s Healthcare services. This won’t be a final decision, but further detail. The consultation process in regards to the location of future A&E services will commence soon.

Shrewsbury flower show

Just over two weeks or so now until the start of our famous Shrewsbury Flower Show, an event which attracts around 50,000 visitors annually and I’m sure will continue to be the terrific success it always is. With the loveable TV chef Tom Kerridge demonstrating his cooking skills, The Knights of the Damn performing a jousting competition and the Proclaimers who whilst keen to break up the Union, do I’ll admit know how to entertain along with many more great acts performing I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to it.

Changes to infant cremation law

On Wednesday the 8th of July, I opened the debate I had called for on the topic of “the cremation on infants in England”. Not only was the debate an important opportunity to put on record the traumatic experiences of families in Shrewsbury but also for other MP’s who have similar cases in their constituencies to do the same. In the Minister’s reply it was clear that she understood the gravity of the situation and the strong sense of feeling that we must make sure that instances where families were told no ashes existed when in fact they did, should not happen again.

Shrewsbury Food Festival

I along with around 25,000 other people had the pleasure last weekend of attending the Shrewsbury Food Festival, an event that I hope continues for the foreseeable future. Not just because it was great fun and offered brilliant cuisine but also because it did a great job of improving the local economy and advertising both what businesses have to offer but also the Town itself. A tremendous amount of work goes into organising the event and I’d like to congratulate and thank the organisers and all of the volunteers who make it such a success.

5 year land supply

The Council now and currently has its 5 year land supply in place and the inspectorate has supported that view by judging in favour of the Council at the last 18 of 19 appeals. The five year land supply is important as it requires the Council to build enough houses to meet demand and prevent excessive housing costs, they must of course maintain supply as it moves forward each day. However, I understand the Council is confident of doing so.

Bill Harris MBE

It is with great sadness I learnt of the death of Bill Harris MBE, the former Chairman of the Shropshire Senior Citizens Forum.

During my time as MP, Bill and I became great friends.   I was very fortunate to have the opportunity of seeing Bill during the election campaign.   He was as enthusiastic as always in promoting the rights of senior citizens, a passion that was rightly recognised by a MBE for services to the community.

Fair Funding

The previous Government was absolutely right to begin to address the unfair and outdated school funding system that it inherited and has existed for far too long. It was no easy task as it had to take place at a time when budgets across the board were being reigned in, and rightly so. We were, as we all know, in a frightful financial mess in 2010.

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