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Robert's Weekly Article - 20 February 2019

Many of us here in Swindon will have relatives, friends or neighbours who work at Honda, or perhaps even work at the factory ourselves, so the news that the company will close its vehicle manufacturing plant in the town in 2021 is devastating and deeply disappointing in its timing.

Robert's Weekly Swindon Adver Column - 20th February 2019

Drug crime has been with us for a long time, but in recent years we have seen organised gangs run what have become known as “County Lines” reaching out from cities such as London and Liverpool into communities including ours.  The Government and I are working hard to tackle this problem, so I was

Robert's Weekly Column - Wednesday 30th January 2019

There was a wonderful atmosphere at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital on Friday as I joined hundreds of people from the local community to celebrate Brighter Futures hitting its £2.9 million fundraising target.

Robert's Weekly Column - 23rd January 2019

The sad reality of domestic abuse is nothing new; I have seen and understood its effects throughout my professional life as a criminal law barrister before 2010 and as an MP and Minister who helped to reform the law of stalking and who introduced the new criminal offence of coercive control.  I h

Robert's Weekly Column - Wednesday 16th January 2019

 As I write this article, the big vote on Brexit hasn’t taken place.  Events will have moved on by the time you read my article.  Most of us want to get on with our lives and for Parliament to get on with the job of Brexit.

Robert's Weekly Column - 9th January 2019

There was great news to begin the week, as it was announced that the Health Secretary has approved a multi-million-pound loan for a Radiotherapy Unit at Great Western Hospital.

Robert's Weekly Column - 2nd January 2019

The news that Great Western Hospital is to benefit from almost £30 million of new investment to expand services was a great way to end 2018.  I visited the Accident and Emergency Department at the hospital last week, to discuss how the £29.573 million of Government funding will be used to deliver

Robert's Weekly Column - Wednesday 19th December 2018

With just under a week to go until Christmas, Swindon is looking more festive by the day, but the reality for me and most MPs is that we carry on working in our constituencies right up until the big day, making visits to local organisations and meeting with residents, as well as volunteering at p