From Michelle Donelan <[email protected]>
Subject My Latest Newsletter
Date August 1, 2022 1:39 PM
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An update on my recent work from around our community

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Welcome to my latest newsletter. I'm enjoying spending the summer recess getting out and about our community, and I'll be knocking on doors speaking to local residents right across the constituency. We're always looking for volunteers, so do let me know if you'd like to help out!

If you would like me to come and visit your business or charity, please do let me know and I would be very happy to.

** I'm backing Liz to lower taxes and grow the economy

You will have probably seen that the Party Leadership Contest is now down to the final two, and I have worked with both Liz and Rishi over the years, including the last 10 months in cabinet. My vote is going to Liz Truss - we need to help people through the tough times ahead with tax cuts and focus on growing our economy - Liz’s plan will do this.

We have £30 Billion headroom which has been verified by the OBR, plus under Liz’s plans we would be paying down the debt within three years. As a nation we went through a period of austerity to bring down the debt but then along came much needed mass spending to help people through COVID.

We cannot do it all over again because of a once in a century pandemic. Instead we need to take a little time and focus on growing the economy which will make repaying the debt easier and not place avoidable pain on people. There is absolutely nothing irresponsible about this but keeping taxes high when people will be struggling to put food on the table would be.

It’s not true to say that Liz’s tax cuts will fuel inflation. We are facing inflation because of supply side shocks and a loose monetary policy. The economy is not over heating and as outlined the cuts can be funded.

You can read more from my article in The Times on my website here ([link removed]) .

** A36 National Highways Meeting

Those in Limpley Stoke have often raised the impact of the A36, speeding and traffic on the village with me. I have long been on the case, and have organised a public meeting with National Highways for the village to have its say directly. It would be great to see as many people there as possible.

We will be discussing speeds on the A36, community severance, the viaduct junction and the junctions around Midford Lane.

For security reasons I won’t put the venue and time online, but I am sending every house in the village the info in the post, or if you would like the details please reply to this email and I would be very happy to send them across.


** My Corsham Station Campaign

This month I’ve raised Corsham Station again in a written question to the Department for Transport, to help make sure the bid I submitted to reopen the station stays at the top of the agenda. We have already been awarded £50,000 to work on a Business Case to show that a station is viable - you can help by completing this survey by 5th August here ([link removed]) .

You can also read my question to the Minister here ([link removed]) .

** Melksham School Fete

Had the pleasure of visiting Forest and Sandridge School Fete in Melksham earlier this month for their summer fete. It was a brilliant evening in the sunshine with bouncy castles, games, tombola, penalty shoot out, food and drink, and plenty more!

Summer is my absolute favourite time of year by far, so many great events to bring the community together in the sunshine - a big thank you to all of those who volunteer to organise these events and make them such a success.

** Visit to Chiesi in Chippenham

Earlier this month I visited pharmaceutical company Chiesi at their R&D centre in Chippenham, hearing about all of the groundbreaking work which they are doing and the high skill jobs they have created - a huge £18 million has been invested into the site since 2017!

Fantastic that our area continues to be a hub for investment, innovation and growth, and I'm always keen to support wherever I can.


** Internet Safety Assembly

I took part in a very useful assembly for the pupils at Frogwell Primary School in Chippenham recently, all about internet safety. Know it’s a big worry for parents as technology changes in ways we don’t always understand! These assemblies teach pupils to look out for scams, misinformation, how to keep devices secure and the importance of being kind to others online.

** Recent Surgeries

As usual I have been out and about with my advice surgeries over the last few weeks, trying to get round as many of the towns and villages as I can to hear your concerns and find out how I can help.

Recently I've been in Corsham, Monkton Farleigh, Atworth, and in Whitley with Councillor Alford, as well as holding weekly appointments at my office in Chippenham. If you would like to book an appointment with me please don't hesitate to get in touch.


** Other recent work
* Raised Wiltshire College and its Lackham Campus in a debate on farming in Parliament - I helped to support the £9 million of investment the campus received, and I'm always happy to raise the College whenever I can. You can watch my question here ([link removed])
* Cut the ribbon to open this year's Cepen Park Scarecrow Trail - there are some brilliant scarecrows this year!
* Met Persimmon Homes to discuss the link road at Birds Marsh View - I've been emphasising for the last few weeks how important it is that the work is completed within the timeframe of six weeks so that the road can be opened
* Discussed recruitment and engineering with Arralis Technologies in Chippenham - they manufacture chips for Amazon and the European Space Agency to name just two!
* Met the Health Centre in Bradford-on-Avon virtually to discuss capacity and the unacceptable level of service which residents have been receiving
* Raised the B3108 closure and the effect on traffic in Winsley with Wiltshire Council - I will of course update you when I receive a response from them
* Some of the topics discussed at my recent surgeries include SEND education, the environment and healthcare - I will be launching a local healthcare survey in the next couple of days, so do look out for that


Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter.

As ever, if you have a problem that I might be able to help with, or if you’d like to come and speak to me, please don’t hesitate to send me an email: [email protected], or give my office a call: 01249 704465.

Best wishes,

Michelle Donelan
Member of Parliament for Chippenham Constituency
Email: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
Telephone: 01249 704465
Write: Michelle Donelan MP, 61 New Road, Chippenham, SN15 1ES.

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