James GRAY   Conservative MP for North Wiltshire

General Election - 8 June 2017

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General Election - 8 June 2017

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Malmesbury Heads and North Wiltshire MP Lobby Schools Minister

2017 03 08 nick gibb meeting“We were glad to have the opportunity to bring our particular arguments about future funding of the Malmesbury Schools to the Minister, Nick Gibb” said Headteacher of Malmesbury School Tim Gilson, and Headteacher of Malmesbury Primary School, Stephen Heal.

“We made particular points about the PFI funding nature of the Academy, the work of the Multi Academy Trust and the impact of rurality on our sixth form. We also made the point that although Malmesbury appears to be prosperous and leafy there are significant pockets of deprivation which the formula, as proposed, takes little account of.”

“The parents of Malmesbury have been ‘assiduous’ in lobbying me, and I was glad to have the opportunity to pass on their concerns direct to the Minister responsible,” said North Wiltshire MP James Gray.

“This Fair Funding Formula is a consultation which closes on 22nd March with the Government response due in July. The two headteachers and I very much hope that the Minister will listen very carefully to the detailed points we made and that we may see some improvement in funding when it is announced.

In answer to our invitation, the Minister expressed an interest in visiting the school and I hope to welcome him to Malmesbury very soon.”

MP calls for business rates rethink

“I am extremely concerned that these rate rises will have a very negative impact on local businesses and particularly those in valuable town centre properties,” said North Wiltshire MP James Gray.

“High streets in market towns such as Malmesbury, Royal Wootton Bassett or Corsham already struggle to compete with the internet and out of town retailers and these measures could prove simply unaffordable for many of the shops, pubs and food outlets leading to the demise of traditional town centres.”

“I very much hope that these proposals can be looked at again before many of the businesses we value so much in this area are adversely affected.”

Local MP Encourages Schools to Go Sky High with National Rocketry Competition

2017 02 07 JamesGrayMP UKRoC AbbeyfieldMP for North Wiltshire, James Gray, is encouraging local schools to compete in the UK’s largest youth model rocket competition – The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC).

This week in Parliament Mr Gray joined the winning UK secondary schools from 2015 and 2016, including Abbeyfield School from Chippenham, to find out how other schools in North Wiltshire can become this year’s champions.  

UKRoC involves the design, build and launch of a model rocket with the aim of ensuring the passenger - one raw egg - remains intact throughout the launch and landing. The rocket must reach 775 feet with specific target flight duration of 41-43 seconds. Rules governing the competition are altered every year to ensure designs can’t be repeated.

The national final champions win an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, to represent the UK in a fly off against teams from the USA, Japan and France at the Paris International Airshow in June 2017.

Mr Gray said: “The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge provides students a unique opportunity to apply what they have learnt in science, technology, engineering and maths and gain highly valued skills.

“The competition is a great chance for students to apply their skills creatively whilst also having a lot of fun.

“It was great to welcome Abbeyfield School’s Rocketry teams to Parliament, and I hope that other local schools may follow their example and take part in the competition. I look forward to supporting them as they reach for the sky.”

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