What has Laurence Robertson been up to today?
Laurence Robertson is MP for Tewkesbury and a member of the Conservative party.
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Very sorry to hear of the passing of the brave Dame Deborah James. I had the privilege of hearing her speak at a Bobby Moore Cancer Charity event. Her work will have saved lives. You can donate to @BowelbabeF in support of her outstanding legacy.
This week I was happy to attend an event organised by the Pedalling for Pubs campaign in support of the Licenced Trade Charity and Only a Pavement Away – two fantastic charities. Congratulations on raising such a significant amount!
I’m glad to back the #STEPUpForSevern bid which will see billions of pounds in output, skilled jobs, supply chain opportunities and new apprenticeships for people across Tewkesbury.
Learn about why fusion energy needs to come to Severn Edge: https://western-gateway.co.uk/fusion-western-gateway
I’m very pleased that Cotswold Riding for the Disabled with be one of the charities to benefit
BGC members have raised £1.2 million for good causes after donating their profits from last week's Britannia Stakes at #RoyalAscot.
Thank you to our members and their customers for supporting some amazing organisations, and the work they do.
My office joined discussions about the Gold Cup meeting and concerns raised regarding anti social behaviour shown by a small number of attendees. There was extensive positive discussion and I am hopeful that all parties will work together to put on a safe and enjoyable event.
This is brilliant to hear - I hope that many fantastic charities and people will benefit from the money raised this week, including Cotswold Riding for the Disabled, which is based in my constituency at the racecourse.
BGC members will mark the Queen’s Jubilee by donating all profits from the Britannia Stakes race at #RoyalAscot to some of the UK’s top charities.🏇
It follows the success of last year’s race, which raised £1.25 million for a range of good causes.
I would like to thank the former Chief Executive for Tewkesbury Borough Council, Mike Dawson, for his 12 years of exceptional service, and wish him a long and happy retirement. Best of luck to his replacement!
Photo credit: Jack Boskett
This week I was happy to support the Front of Mind Campaign, which is looking to shine a spotlight on variations in dementia diagnostic rates in England. Meeting carers, and others on the frontline, is essential if we are to achieve better outcomes for those living with dementia
Yesterday my team spoke with the Road Safety Team, National Highways and the Deputy PCC to discuss concerns about traffic speeds and road conditions on the A46. Suggestions were put forward and further discussion will take place to improve the road for users and pedestrians.
With Hon Kedar Karki (centre), Internal Affairs Minister in Nepal on his visit to Churchdown/Innsworth. Also pictured Cllr Graham Bocking, Rosina Pradham Rai and Julie Evans.
Well done to those organising and taking part in the Women’s Cycling Tour from Tewkesbury this morning. A great event! Sorry I can’t be there due to Commons business, but good luck everyone!
Fantastic to see @Siobhan_Baillie raising the #SevernEdgeSTEP bid's unique strengths in Parliament today with @GeorgeFreemanMP
With strong cross party support, the ideal location and unparalleled expertise on our door step - we are ready to deliver #STEP for the UK.
It’s with a very heavy heart that I’ve voted against Boris Johnson’s continuing as leader of the Conservative Party. He has achieved a great deal, but I believe it’s now time for a new approach.
DESERT CROWN HAS WON THE 2022 CAZOO DERBY (IN MEMORY OF LESTER PIGGOTT) 🎉
I would like to offer my thanks to Her Majesty for her long years of dedicated public service, and my congratulations on reaching such a historical milestone. Long may she reign!
Thanks to members of the Betting & Gaming Council, Cotswold Riding for the Disabled will benefit from this year’s Britannia Stakes charity race at Royal Ascot. Annie and I have championed the charity and it’s fantastic that their impotant work has been recognised.
Very pleased to attend Cotswold Riding for the Disabled’s volunteers’ day. Lord Lieutenant Edward Gillespie announced they would be receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is a great honour and is much deserved. Congratulations to Leslie and all the team there.
Very sorry to hear of the sad passing of the legendary Lester Piggott. He was a racing icon, a household name whose fame transcended the sport he graced. Many people have found fame in racing, but Lester was the most famous of them all. RIP
Great to see so many people down by the river and out in the town during Tewkesbury’s Big Weekend. Well done to everyone who organised it.
Tewkesbury Borough Council has welcomed a new mayor for 2022/23.
Councillor John Murphy was invested as Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough at a ceremony held at Tewkesbury Abbey.
Read more here 👇
Yesterday I was happy to attend the ADS Apprenticeship Reception, which celebrates the 14,000 apprentices working in the UK’s Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors. It is vital that we continue to incentivise apprenticeships up and down the country.
For those looking for employment opportunities, Jobs Fair will be hosting a free event this Friday at Kingholm Stadium from 10am to 1pm. 36 companies will be represented with hundreds of jobs available, in a variety of sectors and industries.
Backing British farming as it seeks to increase its exports across the world.
I have been made aware of some delays with the post delivery in some areas of the constituency, particularly Northway and Brockworth. I have raised this as an urgent issue with Royal Mail who are currently investigating and will be providing an update shortly.
This afternoon Annie and I attended the memorial service for Thomas William Hancock DL at St Peter’s, Winchcombe. Affectionately known as Major Tom, he sadly died a few weeks ago, age 94. He carried out enormous amounts of voluntary work and was my first Association Chairman. RIP
Wishing a very happy 96th birthday to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – long may she reign!
Having raised the matter of flooding on Stoke Orchard Road on behalf of constituents, I am pleased to hear that Severn Trent has begun work which will see a major improvement to the issues that residents have been facing.
Some residents are receiving scam phone calls and emails relating to the council tax energy rebate.
Please be alert - we will never call you to request your bank account details❗️
The genuine rebate payment will be available to eligible households from later this month👍 (1/2)
Thanks to the people of Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas, we raised around £2000 for Ukraine relief last night. It was a great night at Mezbaan! Thank you to Mac and his team there, as well as to my staff.
What a result for our Year 10 boys and @churchdownPE ! A huge congratulations to all involved! https://twitter.com/churchdownPE/status/1509264838593294336
Congratulations to our Year 10 football team who are Gloucester City winners! A great final that could have gone either way! #bluearmy #sweetcaroline #queen #onekiss #pepguardiola
Take a moment to appreciate the amazing talent of our Year 13 artists and photographers! https://twitter.com/ChurchdownSixth/status/1509180034623361025
So so proud of the Year 13 Art and Photography students today who have completed final pieces for their portfolios. Such amazing talent! Well done all!
I’m very glad to hear that a flood relief scheme will be installed to prevent flooding on Ashchurch Road, to be finished on the 5th April. I hope that this will offer a permanent solution to the disruptions and closures that have, for years, continued to affect the area.
“Millions enjoy a bet. It is part of their culture and what they like to do with their money. The industry supports change but there is too much at stake to get these changes wrong. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water”.
Me in today’s Times.
Promoting English Tourism Week at 417 Bike Park, the Greenway Hotel and 270 Climbing Park, all of which are exciting, expanding businesses.
Last week DEFRA launched a consultation on legally binding targets under the Environment Act, to ensure that we continue to improve on protecting and enhancing our natural world. I would encourage everyone to give their views at the following link: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-environment-policy/consultation-on-environmental-targets/
Promoting careers in engineering with the Sandy Gunn Aerospace Careers Programme in the House of Commons today.
BREAKING: UK steel and aluminium exports to the US are now tariff free thanks to a newly secured resolution between both nations ✅
This is great news for businesses in these sectors, which support the jobs of over 80,000 people across the UK.
Read more: https://bit.ly/3wsfyDy
Congratulations to Rachel Blackmore on riding the Gold Cup winner and very well done to the Jockey Club and staff at the racecourse on organising a brilliant Festival, which has brought £tens of millions into the local economy.
The first female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle.
The first female jockey to win the Grand National.
The first female jockey to win the Gold Cup.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Rachael Blackmore 👏
In the House of Commons today marking Commonwealth Day.
Today, I enjoyed visits to L3 Harris and Bishop’s Cleeve Care Home. L3 Harris are doing well, exporting to 30 countries and keeping our military personnel safe. Bishop’s Cleeve Care Home is quite new and is taking more residents in. Well done to staff at both organisations.
To learn more about the building of the new surgery in Brockworth I would encourage people to visit the Brockworth Community Centre from 4pm-7pm. A great chance to find out about the plans and put questions to the Development Team and Patient Participation Group.
I was very pleased to meet Mr Michael Lashford-Spinks, who as a 19 year old working with H H Martin made the Speaker’s chair and Dispatch Boxes, and worked on a number of other interesting projects. Alex Chalk MP and I visited Mr Lashford-Spink and his daughter in Winchcombe.
What a successful day yesterday celebrating the 25th anniversary of #worldbookday2022
A huge thank you to all departments and individuals who dressed up. Here are just some of the photos of the teachers and their amazing costumes.
In my 25 years here, I’ve never known the House of Commons to stop, stand and applaud someone who was in the public gallery. Yet that was the tribute rightly accorded to His Excellency the Ukrainian Ambassador today as a mark of respect and friendship.
Can’t recall a guest at PMQs being welcomed with such warm and sustained applause and a standing ovation. Special moment.
Today I signed the Book of Solidarity, which is to be sent to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada in Ukraine. The UK Government must continue to support the Ukrainian people in their struggle for democracy, their homeland and freedom.
Had a great time at the Tewkesbury Museum learning about the rich history of Gloucestershire. Would absolutely recommend visiting for some brilliant exhibits from our historic town! For more information about volunteering at the museum, please visit: https://www.tewkesburymuseum.org/support-us/volunteering-opportunities/
For anyone wanting to contact loved ones in Ukraine, we’ve made mobile and landline calls, texts and data to and from the region free from today, 25 February.
Please be aware that signal in the area might be affected by damage to local networks and equipment.
This afternoon I urged @NATO leaders to take immediate action against SWIFT to inflict maximum pain on President Putin and his regime.
The UK will introduce sanctions against Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov imminently, on top of the sanctions package already announced.