To raise and push for rural issues in Parliament

As a representative in Parliament for a largely rural constituency, I am acutely aware of a wide variety of issues and concerns which come with modern, rural living.  Be that transport links, mobile signal, internet connections and rural schools and shops, and of course wider issues for those who work in the agriculture sector.

I have met with many of the parish councils in our rural villages and hamlets to discuss their concerns, and raised several matters with Ministers in Parliament.  Although there is welcome progress on some issues, such as the super-fast broadband roll-out across West Oxfordshire, there is still more to be done.

I am also in regular contact with many of the farmers who live and work in West Oxfordshire, and have done for generations.  Agriculture is one sector most effected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and I will work hard to ensure that West Oxfordshire is able to thrive from this opportunity.

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Robert Welcomes Police Funding Boost

Last week, the Government announced a significant increase in funding for Thames Valley Police. The extra £32.7 million is made up of a £4.5 million increase in our annual grant funding; £4.3 million grant for additional pension costs and, potentially, £24 million from precept funding.

Robert Raises Safety of Horse Riders in Road Safety Debate

Robert said: "Whilst I welcome the review of the Highway Code, I would like to see greater guidance with regard to the safety of horse riders.  We have a great many horse riders in West Oxfordshire and I am keen to ensure the safety of everyone on our roads - be they a driver, cyclist, or horse r

Robert Speaks in Support of the Agriculture Bill

Robert has expressed his strong support for the Government’s Agriculture Bill, which he described as setting out a “bold and ambitious vision” for the future of British farming.

Robert visits local family farm to discuss the Agriculture Bill

Robert said, "Thank you to Mike and team for taking the time to show me around the farm and discuss the upcoming Agriculture Bill over a cup of tea.  This is one of the key pieces of legislation that will set up how our country will be once we leave the European Union.  It is very important that

Robert visits P D Hook Hatcheries

Robert said, "It was great to meet the team and see them in action.  Hook is largest independent hatchery company in the UK, and is based right here in Cote.  I would like to thank the team for taking the time to speak with me and show me around."

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Robert meet with West Oxfordshire farmers and the NFU

Robert said, "It was great to catch up with local farmers and the NFU to discuss the current issues they are facing.  Farming and agriculture is one of the sectors that will be most affected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU, so although there is some uncertainty, this gives the UK a fantastic o

Robert speaks up for West Oxfordshire farmers in Parliament

Robert said, "In a rural area such as west Oxfordshire, the livelihood of farmers is of enormous importance, as is leaving our environment in a better state than we found it. What are Ministers doing to ensure that farmers are protected while improving our environment?"

Robert backs Rural Crime reporting line

Robert today joined the National Farmers' Union at the launch of their new anonymous rural crime reporting line, in partnerships with CrimeStoppers.