Local News

Visit to 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Good luck and God-speed to 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards deploying tonight to Iraq. And thanks Colonel Piers and his team for the brew in Lille Barracks, Aldershot - it was great to catch up with old friends, including Major Proudfoot OC HQ Company..!

Gurkha Cup

Fanstastic day at the Gurkha Cup on Queen’s Ground, Aldershot on Saturday. Huge thanks to the organisers, Tamu Dhee UK, to the Brigade of Gurkhas for sending the band and the RLC Silver Stars para display team - magnificent!

Farnborough Donkey Derby

Thanks to Sean Usher for letting me in the commentary box at this year’s hugely successful Donkey Derby in Farnborough. Huge thanks to all local Rotarians for their hard work in making it happen - it was a massive turnout and bumper crowd.

Cove Junior School 140th Anniversary

Huge fun this afternoon at Cove Junior School celebrating 140 years with a refurbished school garden & cake - well done & thanks to the pupils and staff - enjoy half term!

Extra £3 Million Pothole Fund For Hampshire

I hugely welcome Hampshire’s £2,956,522 share of the £97.5 million pothole/flood resilience funding announced today to repair roads after this winter’s damage.

The Budget

The Chancellor delivered a very sound budget on Wednesday; stamp duty scrapped for first time buyers up to £300,000 (a saving of £5,000), massive investment (£44bn) in house building to deliver 300,000 new homes per year by 2025, the freezing of fuel duty, more money for the NHS, less Income Tax

Christmas Card Competition

Amazed at the response to my Christmas card competition from schools across Aldershot and Farnborough...picking the winner is going to be tricky!