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.
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.
I hope readers managed to have a pleasant break over Christmas and the New Year. Unsurprisingly perhaps given the events of the year just past, my New Year’s message is similar to that of last year, namely 2017 really was a momentous year in British politics. So for Members of Parliament, like anyone else, some time with family over Christmas provides a welcome respite before we re-enter the fray, re-energised and ready to address the challenges ahead.
Last Saturday, I was pleased to support Small Business Saturday in the Ludlow Constituency. I visited local businesses, as I do each week, to discuss what steps we can take to help deliver the growth they need to create quality local jobs.
December, and with it the Christmas season, each year seems to come around more quickly than before, so for those readers who have not yet completed your Christmas shopping (or started it, in my case), there is still plenty of time to look in local shops for your presents this year.