The year ahead in British politics

So, here we stand at the start of a new year. For me, the run up to Christmas was a time for getting out and meeting constituents making their Christmas preparations and taking the time to thank and celebrate their local communities. It was a privilege – and a huge...

A response to the 2018 Budget

In politics words matter a lot. Less than a month ago Theresa May delivered her leaders’ address to Tory party conference, in which she proclaimed, “A decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over and that their hard work...

Liz writes July 2018

This weekend marks 70 years since the founding of the National Health Service by the post-war Labour government. The consensus, after six years of war, was that health care as a basic right, free at the point of need would ensure that Britain could flourish in the new...

Liz’s column, June 2018

Liz’s column, June 2018

There is real truth in the famous words of Albert Einstein, that “the only source of knowledge is experience”. I learned this recently as I took part in a local blindfold walk to better understand the daily trials vision impaired people are expected to overcome,...

Liz’s column, June 2018

Liz’s column, May 2018

They say a week is a long time in politics. In my experience, that it certainly the case, so last month’s column seems an age ago. Sadly, since I last wrote, we’ve seen De La Rue, based on the Team Valley, make the decision not to pursue an appeal against the awarding...

Liz’s column, June 2018

Liz’s column, April 2018

Passports have been on my mind a good deal these last few weeks. A passport is more than just a security document that allows us to travel from one country to the next. It is a symbol of our national identity and a source of pride for many citizens. I’m no little...

Liz’s column, June 2018

Liz’s Column, February 2018

I’ve been doing a lot of hospital visiting the last few months as my Mum has had a few health problems. I never cease to be amazed at the dedication of the staff who have supported my mum; the GPs who found the time to visit her at home; the ambulance staff who took...

Liz Twist’s New Year Message

Column - January 2018 So here we are in another New Year – 2018 already. I hope you had a good break over Christmas and the New Year. On Monday I’ll be returning to Westminster, but this week is a good chance for me to catch up on local issues and get a feel for...