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Wiltshire Clay by James Gray MP

An MP has to keep his feet well-grounded in the Wiltshire clay. So before setting off for my first full week in Westminster, I enjoyed a range of grounding events.


James Gray MP - State Opening of Parliament

State Opening of Parliament.

It would be easy to deride the State Opening of Parliament as a load of flannel and frippery, flunkies and floozies, flummery and folderol.

James Gray MP Post Election Update

James Gray MP - re-elected

Wiltshire Turns Blue

All five Westminster constituencies returned a Conservative MP and on the same night. two Wiltshire Council by-elections returned Conservatives; Chippenham Hardenhuish for Melody Thompson and Bromham, Rowde & Potterne for Anna Cuthbert

IMF Praises UK Economic Strategy

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has praised the
Conservative led UK government's economic strategy. George Osborne and German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble were sharing a panel with Ms Lagarde a when she made the statement.

Melody Thompson to stand for Chippenham Hardenhuish Division byelection on 7 May

MelanieMelody Thompson, Chippenham Town Councillor for Hardenhuish Ward has been selected by the Conservatives to stand in the Wiltshire Council by-election on May, 7th. Melody explains why she has chosen to come over as an Independent to stand for the Conservatives:

The General Election has started

They’re off…… by James Gray

The Gazette and Herald (very properly) do not carry MPs’ Columns during the Election Campaign itself. But that does not prevent me keeping my readers up to date by email! It would be a shame to deprive you of my weekly musings and ramblings.

Healthy celebrations in Wiltshire

Conservative Wiltshire Council hosted the Public Health Awards in the atrium at County Hall which saw more than 130 organisations and individuals nominated for their work, a record number.

Wiltshire to Westminster Dr Andrew Murrison MP

A number of people have written to me about Community Cleanup Day which seems to have sparked the imagination. Spring cleaning used to be firmly in the domestic calendar but has fallen out of fashion with modern living. Perhaps we should evolve it to get people tidying up neighbourhoods. I enjoyed collecting my sackful of litter in just a few minutes outside Westbury even if I did get some funny looks. Maybe we could make it a fixture on or around the first day of spring?

Try my best to serve by James Gray MP

David Eccles, who was MP here from 1943-1962, wrote to me when I was selected as the candidate 19 years ago. His long and distinguished Commons career he summed up thus: “I tried my best to serve the people of North Wilts.” So too did Daniel Awdry from 1962-1979, Richard Needham, 1979-1997, and indeed had Captain Cazalet who was MP from 1924 until his death in a wartime air-crash in 1943. I can think of no greater accolade than “He tries his best to serve the people of North Wiltshire.”

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