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Grantham Journal column: Churchill pulled us from brink of defeat

Grantham Journal column: Churchill pulled us from brink of defeat

Grantham Journal column: Churchill pulled us from brink of defeat

28 January 2018

This weekend I will be going to see the Darkest Hour, the new film about Winston Churchill’s leadership in 1940, when the Nazi conquest of Europe seemed to be complete and the United Kingdom stood alone. It has already been hailed as a masterpiece and nominated for several Oscars. My good friend and fellow MP, Nicholas Soames, who is Winston Churchill’s grandson, says that Gary Oldman’s performance as his grandfather is “magnificent”.


Grantham Journal column: It’s all about delivery

Grantham Journal column: It’s all about delivery

Grantham Journal column: It’s all about delivery

27 January 2018

As the Leader of the Council, one of the questions I’m often asked is “what do you do?” I take it that what many people really mean is “what do you do all day?”


Grantham Journal column: No time like the present

Grantham Journal column: No time like the present

Grantham Journal column: No time like the present

13 January 2018

With so many new year’s resolutions being talked about in offices or at school, there’s no better time to act on those promises. Whether you’re looking for a new job or simply wanting to boost your CV to better your future career prospects; work experience is becoming an increasingly desired thing to have done. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a young person who is still at school or college or you’re someone who is part way through your career, showing that you have lots of skills both socially and professionally is crucial. Work experience provides many benefits, giving you skills and experience that will allow you stand out to potential employers as well as helping you choose the right sector to work in.


Grantham Journal column: More than just exams

Grantham Journal column: More than just exams

Grantham Journal column: More than just exams

02 December 2017

Choosing a college or sixth form isn’t just about enrolling on to a course with good pass rates and valuable work experience. Whilst getting good grades is important, there’s much more to further education than exams and coursework.


Grantham Journal column: EU settlement will be expensive - but far less than being a member

Grantham Journal column: EU settlement will be expensive - but far less than being a member

Grantham Journal column: EU settlement will be expensive - but far less than being a member

02 December 2017

We are approaching a moment of truth in the negotiation of Brexit.


Grantham Journal column: Parade volunteers did us proud this year

Grantham Journal column: Parade volunteers did us proud this year

Grantham Journal column: Parade volunteers did us proud this year

25 November 2017

With the passage of time, the number of Second World War veterans attending the Grantham Remembrance Parade inevitably reduces every year.


Grantham Journal column: Chancellor should open a new chapter in government’s policy

Grantham Journal column: Chancellor should open a new chapter in government’s policy

Grantham Journal column: Chancellor should open a new chapter in government’s policy

18 November 2017

On Wednesday of next week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will stand up in the House of Commons and deliver his Budget.


Grantham Journal column: Committed to reopen A&E

Grantham Journal column: Committed to reopen A&E

Grantham Journal column: Committed to reopen A&E

18 November 2017

As you will know, our Trust board said this month they wanted to reopen Grantham A&E.


Grantham Journal column: Our plans for town’s roads

Grantham Journal column: Our plans for town’s roads

Grantham Journal column: Our plans for town’s roads

11 November 2017

Good roads don’t just allow traffic to flow – they’re also vital for prosperity and jobs.


Grantham Journal column: Unelected quango is intervening in our hospital

Grantham Journal column: Unelected quango is intervening in our hospital

Grantham Journal column: Unelected quango is intervening in our hospital

11 November 2017

At the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) board meeting on Tuesday the presence of the new NHS Improvement (NHSi) body was felt.


Grantham Journal column: What’s the purpose of education?

Grantham Journal column: What’s the purpose of education?

Grantham Journal column: What’s the purpose of education?

04 November 2017

Education has always been and always will be a priority at the start of every person’s life. It drives our economy, it lays the foundations to your future and is the direct path to your career.


Grantham Journal column: It’s time to re-open A&E at Grantham as a matter of principle

Grantham Journal column: It’s time to re-open A&E at Grantham as a matter of principle

Grantham Journal column: It’s time to re-open A&E at Grantham as a matter of principle

04 November 2017

I remember getting the call. It was early August last year. I had stopped in the Lake District on my way to a family holiday on the west coast of Scotland.


Grantham Journal column: A&E - emergencies only

Grantham Journal column: A&E - emergencies only

Grantham Journal column: A&E - emergencies only

21 October 2017

Each year we expect winter to be worse than previous years.


Grantham Journal column: I welcome council’s plans to invest in bold new initiatives

Grantham Journal column: I welcome council’s plans to invest in bold new initiatives

Grantham Journal column: I welcome council’s plans to invest in bold new initiatives

21 October 2017

For many decades, our corner of Lincolnshire has lacked local leadership.


Grantham Journal column: Housing - it’s the economics, stupid!

Grantham Journal column: Housing - it’s the economics, stupid!

Grantham Journal column: Housing - it’s the economics, stupid!

14 October 2017

In this new world of fake news and fake facts, it would also seem that laudable concept of evidence led policy is the latest casualty.


Grantham Journal column: Community spirit warmed my heart

Grantham Journal column: Community spirit warmed my heart

Grantham Journal column: Community spirit warmed my heart

30 September 2017

There are those who questioned my motives, and indeed sanity, in staging a free night out for Grantham folk at the Guildhall theatre.


Grantham Journal column: Traffic impact rarely enough to halt builds

Grantham Journal column: Traffic impact rarely enough to halt builds

Grantham Journal column: Traffic impact rarely enough to halt builds

16 September 2017

It is now confirmed that Larkfleet is challenging the decision of SKDC to refuse permission for 480 homes on Manthorpe Road, and November will see an appeal formally submitted to the national Planning Inspectorate.


Grantham Journal column: Moved by tribute to Diana

Grantham Journal column: Moved by tribute to Diana

Grantham Journal column: Moved by tribute to Diana

16 September 2017

Of all the TV programmes and documentaries commemorating the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death, the one which moved me most was the Sunday ‘Songs of Praise’ tribute.


Grantham Journal column: University is not vital

Grantham Journal column: University is not vital

Grantham Journal column: University is not vital

09 September 2017

Congratulations to all those young people who got the exam grades they wanted.


Grantham Journal column: Further education at college gives students better independence

Grantham Journal column: Further education at college gives students better independence

Grantham Journal column: Further education at college gives students better independence

09 September 2017

With so many options for teens to choose from when it comes to picking an education provider after GCSEs, it makes it harder to decide which is best. Everyone wants their teen to be happy, as well as making sure they’ve made the right choice educationally. From the teen’s perspective, high on the priority list is where their friends are and having independence.


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