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2015-03-26-speakers-chair"In the final vote of this Parliament, which was a free vote, I voted against the Government's proposal to change the election procedures for the Speaker in the new Parliament," said North Wiltshire MP and a member of the Procedure Committee James Gray this afternoon.

"I did so with a heavy heart as I strongly support the principle of secret ballots for elections in the House, and the election of the Speaker must be one of the last ballots in which there is no secrecy. However, this is an extremely important and fundamental change in the constitution of the United Kingdom, and I was deeply unhappy with the way the Government sought to rush it through on the last day of this Parliament and with only one hour allowed for debate. That is no way to change the standing orders of the House of Commons," added Mr Gray.

"I myself am a member of the Procedure Committee, and despite my strong support for secret ballots, I therefore voted against this particular Government proposal."

2011-11-22-fgwNorth Wiltshire MP James Gray has welcomed the new franchise agreement with First Great Western – bringing the most significant upgrade of infrastructure and rolling stock to the Great Western line for a generation, benefitting people across Wiltshire who rely on our railways to get around.

The agreement will bring more seats, more services, and two new fleets of state-of-the-art trains on to the line – benefitting passengers across the west of England, Thames Valley and South Wales.

As part of the agreement there will be a major increase in capacity, with about 3 million extra seats a year by 2018, and 4,000 more seats a day into London during the morning peak. New trains on the line will also help to deliver more frequent services, and faster journeys.

People in Wiltshire will particularly benefit from enhanced local, regional and intercity services across the franchise, while maintaining the existing strengthened inter-regional services such as the TransWilts route, which is operating 8 trains per day in each direction from Swindon to Westbury via Melksham.

Mr Gray commented:

“This is excellent news for all the people in Wiltshire who rely on our railways to get to work and get around day-to-day.

“Delivering investment in our railways is a key part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan, and as this agreement shows, it is bringing real improvements to our railways. This has only been possible because of the difficult decisions we’ve taken to reduce inefficient and ineffective spending elsewhere.  

“On 7 May voters in my constituency – North Wiltshire -  will have a clear choice: between a competent, strong Conservative team, delivering the investment we need in our roads and railways, or the chaos of Labour, propped up by the SNP, repeating exactly the same policies that got our economy into a mess before and saw our roads and railways under invested in.”

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