B3180 - Ottery St Mary and West Hill

Great to visit Ottery St Mary and West Hill today. I met with residents living on and around the B3180 worried about road safety who’ve set up an action group. I share their concerns about speeding and the number of HGV’s using this narrow road.

Extra police patrols for Exmouth beach

Valuable opportunity to speak with Police & Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and officers from Devon & Cornwall Police this afternoon on Exmouth beach. Extra patrols are in place following incidents last week to keep residents and visitors safe.

Think #localfirst to support our local shops

Great to visit and enjoy a delicious coffee from The Little Deli in Sidmouth. They’ve recently opened for the first time and they are already popular! Good to see much of the town #OpenForBusiness. Think #localfirst, support our local shops and protect jobs.

Budleigh is open for business!

Budleigh is #OpenForBusiness. It was valuable to speak to shopkeepers who stayed open throughout lockdown or re-opened last week. Great to see a new business working hard to open for the first time too! Let’s think #localfirst, support our local shops and protect jobs.

Exmouth beach incidents

‪I am appalled by the scenes that took place on Exmouth beach yesterday. We must all, including parents, take responsibility for the spread of coronavirus. Now is not the time for mass gatherings.

PM announces easing of lockdown restrictions

Today the Prime Minister announced the next stage of easing the lockdown from 4th July.

I know this will be particularly welcome by the tourism, hospitality and leisure industry in East Devon but I’m acutely aware some will still have concerns.

Watch: Regional BBC programmes face the axe

The very best of the BBC often comes from local newsrooms across the country. We cannot lose Politics South West or Inside Out. Time and time again, the BBC sharpens its axe on the very services which keep it connected to our communities. Enough!

The future of retail in a Post-Covid Exeter

Great to see so many more shops open in Sidmouth, Topsham and Exeter today. Think #localfirst, support our local shops and protect jobs #OpenForBusiness #StrongerTogether

12,200 jobs in East Devon supported by the furlough scheme

It was great to speak with David Wood from ITV Westcountry today about the steps taken to protect jobs across the South West throughout the pandemic. 12,200 jobs have been furloughed in East Devon. Lives and livelihoods have been protected across the South West.