Philip regularly writes for local publications including the Shropshire Star, Ludlow Advertiser and Bridgnorth Journal as well as a monthly piece for several parish magazines.
Since I first became your local MP, I have championed the needs of those who live in rural areas. Over ten years ago I became the inaugural chairman in Parliament of a cross party group set up to campaign on behalf of rural communities to provide a strong voice in Westminster. At the end of January, I was once again elected as co-Chair of this All Party Parliamentary Group for Rural Services.
With Parliament in recess this week, I have been meeting local people and attending events across South Shropshire. Travelling across the constituency and at home several evenings, I've had more opportunity than usual to keep up with how the British team are faring in the Winter Olympics.
Images of people queuing for water in Cape Town, the first city facing the prospect of running out of water in April, is a stark reminder to policymakers around the world that effective water management is an important duty of government.