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The next Prime Minister will be announced on 5 September 2022.

If you want to find out who I am backing, please take a look at my latest local newspaper column.

But whoever ultimately becomes PM needs to get on with the job from day 1 – not least to bring down the cost of living and to tackle the NHS post-Covid backlog.

And, above all, start to be honest with the public about the challenges we face and what tax cuts are realistic.

I published an open letter calling for Boris Johnson to step down. It is worth acknowledge that his leadership meant we had access to life-saving vaccines which were delivered in every community across the country. More recently, he showed grit against Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Sadly, far too many self-inflicted mistakes made it increasingly impossible for him to continue as Prime Minister.

MPs can give our South West region a much louder voice only by working together. That is why I am incredibly proud to be the new chair of our region's cross-party group in Parliament – called the 'Great South West'.

Recently, the government pledged £1.5 million to fund a Great South West partnership between local enterprise partnerships, local authorities, universities, and businesses. It's funding to create a proper plan and powerful business case for long-term investment in our region.

This builds on the success of securing the money needed to improve the A303, the re-opening of the Okehampton railway line, the new Freeport in Plymouth and South Devon, and investment in the NHS which has seen the Nightingale Hospital in Exeter stay open to help bring down waiting lists.

Our region needs to be clear with its asks and become louder about what we need. I'll work tirelessly to champion it with the next Prime Minister.

More projects are in the pipeline, like a new Environmental Intelligence Hub in Exeter. There is also an ambition to make Plymouth the UK’s leading testbed for advanced marine security. Next-generation boats – called Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed vessels – can be partly or fully autonomously controlled to identify threats such as enemy ships or collect intelligence on targets while moving at high speeds.

The talent to fulfil these ambitions is already right on East Devon’s doorstep. Exeter is home to a Russell Group University, a Gold rated College, the South West Institute of Technology, and Exeter Maths School. Exeter University is home to the largest concentration of environment and climate researchers anywhere in Europe.

One of the best bits about being an MP is welcoming people from East Devon to Parliament. It was great to chat with politics students from Clyst Vale Community College about Westminster. If you want a tour of Parliament, get in touch and I'll do everything I can to arrange it for you.

East Devon’s towns and villages will be busier as we head into the middle of summer. Visitors come to enjoy undoubtedly the best bit of Britain and they will often stay in a short-term holiday let to do so.

But the boom in short-term accommodation has hidden consequences for locals who are trying to get on the housing ladder.

Find out about what is being done about it here.

The reason I perhaps bang on about it is because it’s the single biggest issue I’m contacted about, after driving licence delays and Passport Office complaints!

The Devon County Show is a truly wonderful celebration of our county. I caught up with East Devon farmers, local businesses, and charities making a difference across the South West.
Good to catch up with Mark and Sharon who run Ventons Cyder in Clyst St Lawrence. Delicious local cider that is worth a try!
The farming industry needs more certainty to thrive. The NFU’s Devon Chair has rightly said that many farmers are struggling to see how the various elements of the new farming funding system will underpin the sustainable and resilient food businesses we need.
Congratulations to the organisers and Westpoint for another great show!
I’ve raised these concerns in Parliament and alongside East Devon farmers in a recent meeting with the Farming Minister.
I really enjoyed meeting Di Wastenage MBE from Wastenage Farms in beautiful Budleigh Salterton. Farmers are the custodians of the countryside and I’m working hard to represent their views in Westminster.

I’m pleased Ministers are in listening mode and have launched the biggest of the new farming schemes called the Sustainable Farming Incentive – so farmers get the first of these new payments within months.

We are lucky to be awash with local greengrocers, corner shops, farmers markets, fishmongers, and butchers in Devon. Some of the best food produce on our shelves is seasonal, local, and has not travelled across the planet to get to our shelves.

Congratulations to the team of hardworking volunteers who organised Exmouth Pride in Manor Gardens. It was a wonderful celebration of the LGBT+ community in East Devon and a fun event for everyone.

I hope you and your loved ones take care in this hot weather.

At the time of writing, an amber warning for extreme heat in Devon remains in place for today (Monday) and Tuesday.

Please visit the Met Office's website for the latest information.  

Sidmouth Hospice at Home is now the leading charity in the Sid Valley offering hospice care to residents in and around Sidmouth. It was great to meet with their CEO Alasdair Cameron to discuss their progress on redeveloping the old Sidmouth Surgery in Sidford into a state of the art facility for staff, patients and the community.
It was wonderful to meet the staff, volunteers & regular visitors to Sidmouth Voluntary Services in Twyford House. The charity is celebrating 60 years of serving Sidmouth. They truly are the best of the town and make a difference every day.

And finally...

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