Comet - Tackling Loneliness

In the first few weeks of a new year the issue of loneliness can often be at the forefront of our thoughts – whether it relates to our own situation or to someone close to us.

BedsLife - January 2018 - Blue Belt Progress

I am sure that many of you, like me, have enjoyed cold winter Sunday evenings watching the amazing ‘Blue Planet’ on the BBC with the national treasure, David Attenborough.

Burt on the Benches - January 2018 - A New Year

2018 will be a pivotal year for the UK. Like it or loathe it, Brexit will dominate not just the news agenda, but many aspects of life as the country makes the adjustments required by such a momentous decision by the British people.

Bulletin - January 2018 - A Green Future

You may be surprised to learn that 2017 was the cleanest and greenest year ever in the UK for electricity when we saw the first full day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution.  The rise of renewable energy helped to break 13 clean energy records and reflects our commitment to being t

Bulletin - December - Teaching Phonics

I’ve always been an avid reader; newspapers, books, football magazines, political journals, almost anything.  Electronic reading has finally reached me – I held out for a while – but I realise particularly with travel it’s a fantastic medium for keeping up with events, and having something to han

Burt on the Benches - November 2017 - Parliament & Local

With so many topics being debated in Government and Parliament at the moment, and a huge amount of work going on, it’s not always easy to find a few hundred words to cover it all.  I do hope many of you will follow my website, as my team and I try to add information on very many subjects that are

Bulletin - October - International Citizen Service

Recently I was delighted to meet several constituents who are part of the International Citizen Service - a UK Government programme which brings together young people from the UK to volunteer in partnership with young people from developing countries in some of the poorest communities in Africa,