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Friday 11 October 2019 Latest News

More children across North Wiltshire will be able to access a world-class education thanks to a major funding boost. The Conservative Government has confirmed schools in this constituency will receive 5.3% more funding per pupil next year as part of the recent multi-billion investment in primary and secondary education.

James Gray MP has welcomed this new funding, saying the commitment that every secondary school pupil will receive a minimum of £5,000 next year and every primary school pupil will receive a minimum of £4,000 by 2021-22 would reassure parents of the Government’s promise to deliver the best for their children.

This funding follows the Prime Minister’s announcement in August that the budget for schools and high needs would be increased by a total of over £14 billion over three years, rising to £52.2 billion by 2022-23. Schools and local authorities will today find out how the first part of that investment - £2.6 billion - will be allocated for the coming year.

The extra money, available from April, will ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools can rise at least in line with inflation and will deliver promised gains in full for areas which have been historically under-funded

James Gray welcomed the funding boost and stated that:

‘Every child in my constituency deserves a high quality education and I welcome this announcement. I am glad that each pupil will receive £4,547 of funding, an increase of 5.3%, and I am certain that it will increase standards in our schools.

‘I work closely with many of the schools in my constituency and am aware of the very real pressures that schools have been facing. I hope this extra funding for pupils and teachers will bring great benefits to the schools in my constituency.’

Thursday 10 October 2019 Weekly Column

We’re in the eye of the Brexit Storm. Further turbulence is due over the next couple of weeks with the EU Summit, the sitting of Parliament on Saturday, the votes on the Queen’s Speech and Halloween all rushing up at us at breakneck speed. (The good news of 31 October will be the end of an era - as Mr Speaker Bercow, the President of the EU Parliament’s new best friend, stands down.)

The Queen comes to Parliament on Monday to lay out the legislative programme for the year ahead,

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Wednesday 9 October 2019 Latest News

The Home Office has today confirmed the officer recruitment targets for police forces for the first year of the unprecedented drive to increase their ranks by 20,000 over the next three years.

Strengthening police numbers is a priority for the Government, which is providing £750 million to support forces to recruit up to 6,000 additional officers onto our streets by the end of 2020-21, the first stage in this new uplift.

Police forces in the South West will be able to

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Thursday 3 October 2019 Weekly Column

Do you remember all the bogus fuss about Prorogation? Labour were determined to ‘keep us all in Westminster to hold the Government to account.’ They even, mean-mindedly, cancelled the Recess to allow us to attend the Tory Party Conference in Manchester. Well I did my duty. I cleared the diary. I travelled up to London, and sat around the Commons for three days, during which absolutely NOTHING happened. No votes; no Government business (it was all wrapped up ages ago), no PMQs (Boris was in

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Friday 27 September 2019 Latest News

During Questions for The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the House of Commons on Thursday, North Wiltshire MP James Gray praised the role that British institutions have played in tackling climate change. Mr Gray stated:

“One way in which the UK can truly lead the world in this generational battle against climate change is through climate science,

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