South Swindon stretches from the Ridgeway Downs north to the Great Western mainline and the Swindon to Kemble line, and from Lydiard Park in the West to Bishopstone in the East and encompasses roughly 100,000 people.
Swindon’s industrial railway past has more recently given way to several large companies including Nationwide, Intel, RWE NPower and Zurich Financial Services. The constituency also includes a number of outlying beautiful rural communities such as Wroughton, Chiseldon, Wanborough and Bishopstone. The town has grown rapidly in the last 50 years, particularly in the West in Toothill and Shaw and also in Lawns, Parks, Liden and Eldene.
South Swindon has lovely open spaces such as Queen’s Park, the Town Gardens, Coate Water and Lydiard Park. The historical district of Old Town and the new town centre are where most of Swindon’s shops and services are currently situated. Other well known attractions include the Magic Roundabout and Swindon Town Football Club.
I am really fortunate to represent such a vibrant constituency. Swindon’s community spirit is strong and the town is very friendly and welcoming. There are many beautiful parts of Swindon, such as the terraced streets of Eastcott, looking at the view from Christ Church hill across the town, and you can take part in a wide range of activities such as walking the dog at Lydiard or Coate, drinking a pint at the Calley, the Vic or any of Swindon’s fantastic pubs, or spending a night out at the Wyvern Theatre. Swindonians work hard and play hard and I am proud to represent them in Parliament.