Parliament has returned this week following the Christmas and New Year Recess. It has been a busy few weeks over the festive period and a welcome opportunity to spend more time in Swindon, talking to fellow residents, attending local events and meeting with local businesses and charities.
As Christmas approaches, many of us are working hard to tie up all those loose ends before the festive break, remembering all those in the emergency services who will still be working. As 2017 draws to a close it is important that we remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
Over the past few months, as well as my work for fellow residents, I have been busy as a Minister dealing with the EU Withdrawal Bill as it is debated in the House of Commons. I am working to ensure that we have a fully functioning legal system on the day we leave the EU.
Robert Buckland MP has attended a parliamentary reception organised by charity Cancer52, an alliance of nearly 100 charities united by their vision of a better future for everyone affected by rare and less common cancers.
There was welcome news for Swindon last week as Nationwide announced that they have teamed up with Swindon Borough Council in a community lead housing project, which could see more than 200 new homes built on the Oakfield campus site.