This morning, along with Laura Farris, my neighbouring MP for Newbury, I met Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of Great Western Railway, to discuss the changes to the service between Paddington and Great Bedwyn.
Following the high winds and stormy weather this weekend, I do hope that there has not been too much damage to homes and property in this area. However, I am conscious that residents in Burbage and Great Bedwyn have been left without power.
This morning I spoke in the remaining stages of the Cultural Objects (protection from seizure) Bill. I spoke about the importance of regional museums. I commend the Wiltshire museum in Devizes for its work and I am proud to say it holds the oldest Neolithic artefacts in the UK.
This morning I asked the minister what steps his Department is taking to maintain funding for Restoring your Railway projects following the covid-19 outbreak and when does he expect to announce whether Devizes has been successful with its submission.
I am pleased to say we now have a date for the long-awaited Devizes broadband summit. This will take place in Devizes, at the Conservative Club in Long Street, from 5.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday, August 3rd. We also plan to stream the event online to those who are unable to attend in person.