8th September 2017

Parliament has now returned after the summer recess and some of you may have seen in the national media that I have had quite a lot of coverage as co-Chair of the APPG for North Korean.

I was pleased to have had a discussion with Madam Fu Ying – former Chinese Ambassador to the UK – and now Vice-Foreign Minister in Beijing. She agreed with my key message that President Trump and President Xi Jinping have a duty to the rest of the world to sit down to see how they can sort this serious situation out.

Chesterton Development Section 106

In my acceptance speech following my General Election victory in June, I made it clear that I would try to steer the future of Cirencester in a more coherent direction. I was unhappy to discover that far-reaching changes relating to the Chesterton development have been agreed to by the District Council without any public consultation.

A public debate is crucial for local residents to have a proper say in the planning process and I would like to encourage the District Council in the strongest possible way to delay the decision on the Section 106 agreement until after the public have been properly consulted.

Blind Delegation visit to Downing Street


Geoffrey Clifton-Brown with Oliver Stevenson

GC-B with Oliver Stevenson

Earlier this week I was delighted to meet with my constituent Oliver Stevenson who, along with a large delegation of blind people from around the country, presented a petition to the Prime Minister at Downing Street regarding the safety of shared space schemes in town and city centres.

As I guided Mr Stevenson to Downing St, I experienced first-hand the difficulties that blind people have in navigating busy town and city centres. To this end, I have called upon Cirencester Town, Cotswold District and Gloucestershire County Council to review the dangerous pavement design in the new Cirencester Market Place.

The sloping kerb design makes it almost impossible for guide dogs to identify where the pavement becomes the road. The new pavements have already caused a number of serious accidents for elderly and disabled residents and I will do everything possible to ensure that future accidents do not occur.

Public Accounts Committee

Earlier this week I was pleased to be reappointed as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. I previously served on this important committee between 1997-1999. The Public Accounts Committee involves an enormous workload which covers the vast spectrum of Government spending and I look forward to getting started!



Finally, I would like to record my sadness at the passing of Rosie Tufnell and John Ashplant earlier this summer. I was honoured to work with both of them during my political career and their experience and key involvement in the local politics of the Cotswolds was always invaluable.

Flood Resilience Public Meetings


An opportunity for residents to hear and ask questions of the continued flood resilience work taking place and to speak with officials from the County and District Councils, Parish Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency about ongoing issues.

10.30am to 12.30pm
Council Chamber, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX

Covering South Cerney, Cerney Wick, Siddington, Cirencester, Fairford and Lechlade

2pm to 4pm
CDC Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AZ

Covering Bourton, Moreton and Three Rivers.

Surgery Dates

Call 020 7219 5043 or email to discuss the matter you wish to raise and the possibility of a surgery appointment. Appointments are 10 minutes long. A concise synopsis submitted in writing beforehand will ensure a productive use of time.

Next surgery:

2nd December 10am-12noon

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I joined hundreds of people in Moreton-in-Marsh on Sunday for the annual Remembrance Parade on the High Street.

15th November 2017

Stow GP Public Meeting

Verbatim Minutes of the Stow-on-the-Wold Public Meeting to discuss the provision of a new GP surgery – 30 June 2017.


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