Latest updates from Daniel

Export Competition in Shrewsbury

Regular readers will know that I have a passion for encouraging exports and in particular those from firms in my constituency. I am therefore launching a competition to identify Shrewsbury & Atcham’s best export, which will be showcased alongside the best exports of other parliamentary constituencies as part of the Exported by Britain Campaign.



Regarding myths about the TTIP agreement

A number of my constituents are concerned about the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) EU-US trade agreement.


With the average age of the British public steadily increasing, the charities and future Governments of Britain need to work towards better healthcare for both preventing and treating those with Alzheimer’s. A number of constituents have invited me to an Alzheimer’s society event in Parliament on the 17th of March, an offer I couldn’t help but accept both due to the importance of the cause and the fact that the Alzheimer’s Society does a considerable amount of work to support dementia sufferers and their families in our constituency and across the country.


The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all promised increases in power to Holyrood during the Scottish referendum. However it was only David Cameron that has offered a similar transfer of powers to the English. For too long the English have been ignored and left out of devolution, to the point where it has become far from fair, finding ourselves in a situation in which English MP’s cannot vote on devolved issues in Scotland, yet Scottish MPs can vote on legislation that only affects English constituencies.

Mobile Phone Coverage

Mobile Phone coverage just isn’t up to the standard that should be expected of the 5th largest economy in the world. This problem is particularly acute in rural constituencies such as Shrewsbury and Atcham, as well as the rest of the County. After lobbying the Government with the support of a Shropshire Star campaign which garnered over 2,000 signatures, we now have a significant deal agreed by Ofcom and the operators. The legally binding deal with the country’s biggest mobile phone operators will have a huge bearing on coverage throughout the county by 2017.


Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Royal Shrewsbury Hostpital. I was able to see for myself the high standard of care in the Renal Unit and was also shown around the new Urgent Care centre by Medical Director Edwin Borman and Sister Emily Browne. I can’t praise the Doctors and Nurses enough for all the hard work they do, I believe that the NHS is something to be valued and protected.

My thoughts on HSBC and tax avoidance.

A number of constituents have contacted me with concerns about HSBC and tax avoidance. Therefore, I am willing to share my personal thoughts on the issue.

First of all, conservatives believe in low taxes, but low taxes that are paid.

Shrewsbury Cricket

At the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Shrewsbury Cricket Club in order to open their new nets, which are an excellent development and cost £44,000 and they will go some way to maintain the high standard that the club plays. At the opening I met the President John Foster who in 1983 was the club captain and won the cup in that year. His eldest son captained the team in 2011 and now his youngest son is the current captain. Such dedication by a single family was extremely impressive to witness and I wish the club luck this season.

Community Pubs

Current permitted development rights allow the change of use from pubs to shops and supermarkets, without the need for a planning application, planning reforms made by the Government already enable local authorities and local communities to remove these permitted development rights when they deem it appropriate and protect local assets.