We’re only half way through October, but it’s been an incredibly busy few weeks already!
On Friday 9th, I attended the graduation ceremony at Swindon College, where I met many bright and talented students from a range of different disciplines. A huge well done to all those who have finished their studies at the college; I am sure that you will continue to make our town proud in the future.
Last Sunday 11th, I traded in my suit for a t-shirt, shorts and trainers for Swindon’s Half-Marathon. I managed to finish the run in just over two and a half hours, and I am proud to have raised more than £600 for two fantastic local charities which are committed to the care and support of children, young adults, and their families in Swindon: ‘CALM’ (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement) and ‘Hop Skip and Jump’ which offers respite care for children and young adults with disabilities and special educational needs and which has a centre at Upper Shaw Farm in West Swindon.
To everyone who supported me through my training, donated to my ‘JustGiving’ pages and took part in the run, my sincere thanks.
Parliament has now resumed, and one of the important things that I will be working on is taking the new Immigration Bill through the Commons with the Immigration Minister. The new Bill, which is due to have its second reading his week, will introduce new sanctions on illegal workers and rogue employers, provide better coordination of regulators that enforce workers’ rights, prevent illegal migrants in the UK from accessing housing, driving licences and bank accounts, and introduce new measures to make it easier to enforce immigration laws and remove illegal migrants.
Yesterday, I joined my colleague Jeremy Wright, Attorney General, in the House of Commons to answer questions from MPs about what steps the Crown Prosecution Service has taken to improve the conviction rate for rape and domestic violence in the last two years.
I am encouraged to see that this year, more cases of violence against women and girls have been referred from the police, charged, prosecuted and convicted than ever before. The work undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service and the police on rape and domestic abuse has culminated in the highest volumes ever of prosecutions and convictions in 2014-15.
For too long, many victims have found that their cases have not even been brought to court. Looking at the analysis of rape convictions in particular, I am pleased that the number of convictions that have not been brought because of a prosecution failure is reducing. You can watch the full session here:
Business will continue as usual here in Swindon. If you have any local or national issues to raise, or would like information about my upcoming advice surgeries, please get in touch with me using the following contact information:
The Constituency Office, 29b Wood Street, The Arcade, Swindon, SN1 4AN
Tel: 01793 533393
I look forward to hearing from you.