General Election 2017

It is a great honour to be re-elected to represent the people of North Shropshire for the sixth consecutive time. At every election since 1997, the voters of North Shropshire have generously returned me to Parliament with an increased vote; 33,642 votes and a 61% share are new records for North Shropshire. I am grateful for this increased mandate, remaining determined to represent everyone in the constituency without fear or favour.

Within hours of being re-elected yesterday morning, I launched the Oswestry Grid Project, enhancing the delivery of power locally. Later in the day, I met the new MD of Müller Milk, Andrew McInnes. I shall continue to work closely with local businesses, farmers and food producers.

My priorities are to improve roads, rail, broadband and mobile reception. I will continue my long-running campaigns to dual the A5 and build the Pant Llanymynech bypass.

I want to see Urgent Care Centres established in Oswestry and Whitchurch. I want maternity services for low-risk births at the Oswestry Maternity Unit to continue. A new Emergency Care Centre must be built, bringing specialist skills back into Shropshire.

When Labour were defeated in 2010, the UK was borrowing £300,000 a minute. There is still plenty to do to restore the public finances. We can help by merging Telford and Wrekin Council with Shropshire Council, saving taxpayers £20 million each year.

17.4 million people voted to leave the EU, wanting elected representatives to take back control of our laws, money and borders. This must still be delivered, or we risk irreparable damage to the integrity of the whole political establishment. The Conservatives won the most votes and seats, so have a clear mandate to deliver a true Brexit. Remainer critics, the House of Lords and the European Commission must respect the result of the General Election.