Latest updates from Daniel

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The previous Government was absolutely right to begin to address the unfair and outdated school funding system that it inherited and has existed for far too long.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.


As the MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham I am pleased that the Government, along with Shropshire Council and BT have all worked together to secure investment in broadband infrastructure in Shropshire.

Broadband and reelected

It’s good to be back in Parliament and be returned as the Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham. The atmosphere is certainly different from what it was when we left here in March. My party and I have much to do in order to put our manifesto into action, something we have a clear mandate for, regardless of what those anti-democracy protestors, who desecrated our memorial on Whitehall to the women of WWII think.

King Shropshire light infantry

I have received both letters and emails from constituents about their visits to the new King Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) monument that was unveiled in May, at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. It was built thanks to £50,000 worth of donations from the people of Shropshire, and finally lays in stone the recognition we all hold for a regiment that gave so much during 193 years of existence.

The importance of the National Health Service

I have received a vast number of campaign emails asking for my perspective on the NHS. It’s of course a fair enquiry, the NHS is an institution that Britain should never take for granted. I am keen to assert the that I am in full support of a free NHS at the point of use.

Fisical Stength Budget

No matter which way you look at it, a strong economy matters, as does sound fiscal discipline and a balanced budget. Only with this as our base can we go on to have the good public services that we so desire. This is particularly true when it comes to Defence. Protecting the nation is the first duty of Government, but if politicians decide to be proliferate with their spending they will put the country in long term danger, by forcing future Governments to reduce spending in order to balance the books. That goes for the NHS as well.