Action to protect SWR rail users

Damian welcomes action this week by Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport regarding South Western Railway.

New tax for internet giants

From April 2020, the government will introduce a new 2% tax on the revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces which derive value from UK users. It is a tax on sales not profits (so is harder to avoid) and does not affect other taxes including VAT.

New pay proposals for teachers

Damian welcomed the teacher Recruitment & Retention programme during Education OPQs yesterday, together with news on teacher workload.

More information on the pay proposals are at:…/teachers-set-for-biggest-sustained-pay….

Damian supports campaign for pubs

Damian attended a parliamentary reception held by Britain's Beer Alliance and is pleased to support their #LongLiveTheLocal campaign.

A New Year message

When I hit my 50th birthday a month or so ago, I had cause to reflect on all that has changed in half a century – the vast majority of it for the better.  

QA Hospital gets upgrade in cancer testing facilities

Damian Hinds is delighted that Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital is one of the NHS sites to benefit from a multi-million pound funding programme to up-grade cancer testing and detection services.

Farnborough Airport must honour reassurances

Damian Hinds has said the owners of Farnborough Airport must be held to account for reassurances given to local residents on the impact of flightpaths that will be used once the new controlled airspace comes into force in 2020.