Cheltenham MP supports ‘GREEN HOMES REVOLUTION’
Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood has expressed strong support for the Green Homes Bill, which was announced by the Liberal Democrats this week. The bill, which would be brought forward in the next Parliament, would improve energy efficiency and promote renewable heat across the UK, ensuring more people benefit from permanently warmer homes and cheaper energy bills.Read more
Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham, met Malawian sugar cane farmer, Allan Saidi and Jamaican sugar cane farmer, Alexia Ludford in Parliament this week, to hear about the importance of Fairtrade for farmers and their communities in developing countries.Read more
Cheltenham has undergone a broadband revolution in the last few years. By 2015 at least 88% of the town able to upgrade to superfast fibre-optic broadband with speeds of 35 Megabits per second (Mbps) or faster. But it also become clear at the same time that thousands of homes in Cheltenham were going to be left out of this revolution. Gaps were being left between the commercial operators like BT and Virgin and the government-subsidised 'Fastershire' programme being run by the county council.
Martin led the campaign to maintain a full 24 hour A&E at Cheltenham General - one of his many campaigns for local health services - and repeatedly won assurances from Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust that Cheltenham A&E would not close. Martin believes Cheltenham A&E has been under threat since acute services began to be centralised in Gloucester in 2006 and will keep campaigning against the drip-drip downgrade at Cheltenham. He was the only local MP and the only Cheltenham politician to present evidence against the decision to downgrade Cheltenham A&E at night in 2013 when the decision was actually taken. Current MP Alex Chalk - then the Conservative candidate - and Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown both missed the meeting. You can still sign Martin's petition calling for a rethink of that decision here.
Liberal Democrats in government locally and nationally have worked hard for fairer society as well as a stronger economy, including tax breaks for those on low pay, delivering the pupil premium now worth a million pounds a year to Cheltenham schools and targeted at the least well-off kids, more free childcare, the first net increase in British social housing in 30 years - and the first new social housing in Cheltenham for decades.Read more