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jg-commons-chamber"Wellington Academy in Tidworth is an outstanding example of what a school with academy status can do" said North Wiltshire MP James Gray after raising the issue in Parliament on Monday. "It has gone from being the worst-performing school in Wiltshire to being one of the best on a like-for-like basis. GCSE passes have doubled and it is now offering A-levels for the first time, and its level of exclusions has gone from being the highest in Wiltshire to being the lowest."

Mr Gray then went on to ask the Education Secretary during education questions if he agreed "that academy status can not only be of benefit to higher performing school but of huge benefit to low-performing schools that wish to improve themselves?"

The Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP replied "My hon. Friend makes a compelling case. Academy status can benefit all schools, which is one reason why the former right hon. Member for Sedgefield argued that academy freedoms should be extended to all schools. What a pity that the Opposition have retreated from that high water mark of reform."


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MP thanks Dyson for bringing jobs to Malmesbury

North Wiltshire MP James Gray asked George Osborne to join him in congratulating Dyson on their latest expansion plans. Speaking during Questions to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the House of Commons yesterday, Mr Gray said: "Will the Chancellor join me in warmly welcoming this morning's announcement that Dyson is to invest £250 million in expanding its headquarters in Malmesbury in my constituency and intends to employ 3,000 more pe... [Read more]

2014-04-30 11:22:04

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James Gray MP supports local charity HEALS

"In the light of George Osborne's announcement at our Party Conference that the long-term unemployed will be undertaking work placements in return for benefits, I was delighted to learn of an excellent initiative by my constituent Alison Cross-Jones of Malmesbury, who has set up a new charity which will provide exactly these kinds of placements for those hoping to help their local communities while they are still looking for paid employment,... [Read more]

2013-10-17 13:11:55

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Local MP welcomes clarification on MOD Lyneham

"My constituents in and around Lyneham will be pleased that I have received assurance this week from Defence Minister Mark Francois that the level of noise emanating from MOD Lyneham while the Defence College of Technical Training is being set up will be minimal and confined to day time hours," said North Wiltshire MP James Gray, speaking from Westminster this morning. Mr Gray recently raised the issue of noise in response to concerns ... [Read more]

2013-09-11 15:14:06

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Malmesbury Waitrose to go ahead

"I am glad that I expressed the reservations of many local people about the planning application for a new Waitrose in Malmesbury, but perfectly accept the Minister's ruling that it does not breach the planning law." "I remain concerned about the impact which the new supermarket will have on Malmesbury High Street, but will now focus my attention on seeking to minimise any damage."   Letter from Nick Boles MP reg... [Read more]

2013-07-24 14:37:14

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Local MP welcomes new rights for park home residents

"I am delighted that the Government is safeguarding park home residents in North Wiltshire. For too long, some unscrupulous operators have made residents' lives a misery, intimidating people and even manipulating the rules to turn a quick profit," said North Wiltshire MP James Gray this morning. "These new protections will close the loopholes to root out the rogue operators and ensure those who run an honest business will continue... [Read more]

2013-05-28 15:10:16

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MP calls on local schools to take part in My Money Week

North Wiltshire MP James Gray has called on local schools to take part in My Money Week (3 to 9 June), giving pupils the chance to learn more about money and personal finance.  “I strongly encourage all primary and secondary schools across North Wiltshire to take part in this fantastic event. There has never been a better time to take steps locally to ensure that young people are given every opportunity to improve their financial skil... [Read more]

2013-05-21 13:38:16

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Wiltshire MP delighted with Beer Duty Cut

"I strongly welcome the Chancellor's announcement to not only scrap Labour's planned rise in beer duty, but to turn it on its head by instead cutting it by a penny," said North Wiltshire MP James Gray after today's Budget Statement. "Two weeks ago, I called on the Chancellor to freeze beer duty and help protect our struggling rural brewing and pub industry. Today, I am delighted that has listened to my concerns and even went one s... [Read more]

2013-03-20 15:45:08

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Gleeson decision at Malmesbury to be ‘called in’ by the Planning Minister

"A few moments ago, the Planning Minister, Nick Boles, rang me to say that the planning permission granted for the Gleeson development in Malmesbury had in fact been issued in error," said North Wiltshire MP James Gray. "He tells me that he gave written instructions last week for this planning application to be 'called in', in other words to be decided by the ministers personally. Through some mistake, that instruction apparently ... [Read more]

2013-03-19 18:49:43

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Wiltshire MP deeply disappointed by Gleeson decision

"I am deeply disappointed by yesterday's decision by the Planning Inspectorate to allow the building of 180 houses in Malmesbury by Gleeson" said North Wiltshire MP James Gray, "and I have written to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP to ask for his intervention". "I am particularly disappointed by paragraph 88 of the Inspector's decision which seems to indicate ... [Read more]

2013-03-19 15:11:58

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James Gray pledges to back Prostate Cancer UK’s Quality Checklist

"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, yet the quality of care in Wiltshire is falling behind in key areas. It is incredibly important that we do all we can to ensure all men with prostate cancer get the care and support they need. I am therefore delighted to endorse Prostate Cancer UK's Quality Checklist, and call on Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure it is adopted as soon as possible to help all men who are diagno... [Read more]

2013-03-15 15:55:56

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Wiltshire MP welcomes the new Army Basing Plan

"I very much welcome the extra stability that the announcement will make in the lives of service personnel and their families. The people of Wiltshire will very much welcome the extra 4,000 soldiers to come there and the resulting investment in the infrastructure," said North Wiltshire MP James Gray during Tuesday's statement by Philip Hammond MP on the future basing of the British Army. Mr Gray also asked the Secretary of State to &qu... [Read more]

2013-03-07 10:53:54

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MP calls for freeze on beer tax

“I strongly support calls for a freeze in beer duty, and I very much hope the Chancellor will listen,” said North Wiltshire MP James Gray after sending a special ‘message in a barrel’ to the Chancellor at an event in Parliament on Wednesday. The barrel, with its calls for a freeze in beer duty, was subsequently delivered to the Treasury by MPs and representatives of the British Beer & Pub Association, the Campaign for Real Ale an... [Read more]

2013-03-04 11:03:59

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North Wiltshire MP calls on Japan to end its cruel commercial whaling

"I oppose the cruelty of commercial whaling which has no place in the 21st Century. I stand beside the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in supporting whale watching as the sustainable alternative which can benefit coastal communities," said North Wiltshire MP James Gray at the launch of a new report revealing the whaling industry is dying in the water. Japan's whaling is being propped up by millions of pounds a year in publ... [Read more]

2013-02-18 15:20:40

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Honda

Today’s announcement by Honda Motor Europe to cut 800 jobs at its Swindon plant is extremely sad and disappointing news for all affected employees, and I very much regret that Honda has had to take this decision. I will work with local Job Centres to make sure that everyone affected is given the necessary advice and support through this incredibly difficult time.... [Read more]

2013-01-11 20:14:14

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MP discusses beer duty escalator on BBC Radio Wiltshire

{qtube vid:=IXMX5_fKwm4 w:=340 h:=242 b:=0 ap:=0 rel:=0} North Wiltshire MP James Gray talks to Ben Prater about beer duty escalator and today's CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) campaign to scrap it. Source: BBC Radio Wiltshire - Ben Prater... [Read more]

2012-12-12 20:10:00

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Wiltshire MP calls for more emphasis on science, engineering and design

During Monday’s Questions to the Secretary of State for Education, North Wiltshire MP James Gray pressed the Minister for Skills to take steps to improve science, engineering and design in schools and universities. Mr Gray asked: “Sir James Dyson – Dyson engineering is based in my constituency – said last week that he needs 200 new designers and engineers in Malmesbury alone but cannot find them and that across the nation we are despera... [Read more]

2012-12-04 14:17:43

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North Wiltshire MP pledges funds bid help

North Wiltshire MP James Gray said he will support Wiltshire Council if it chooses to bid for funding from the Government towards the cost of clearing up the flooding. Mr Gray visited flooding victims in Malmesbury, Sherston, Luckington and Castle Combe on Monday. He said: "It's just devastating. The filth and squalor in the houses affected in Malmesbury, in particular, was appalling. It's awful and everyone's hearts go out to the residents... [Read more]

2012-11-29 16:10:35

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Local MP bitterly disappointed by Ridgeway Farm decision

"The Planning Inspector's decision to allow up to 700 new houses on the Ridgeway Farm site near Purton is an unwelcome invasion of the countryside," said North Wiltshire MP James Gray speaking immediately after the Inspector’s decision was announced. "There is no proven need for more housing in this area on this scale, and this new piece of Swindon urban sprawl further invades the vital green lung between Swindon and the village... [Read more]

2012-11-27 10:11:11

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Helping disabled people into work

“Under this Conservative-led Government, the number of disabled people in work has steadily increased. There are now 123,000 more disabled people in work than before the election,” said North Wiltshire MP James Gray welcoming the Government’s pledge of more support for small businesses and disabled entrepreneurs to pay for specialised equipment and to cover the other costs facing disabled people in work. Businesses with up to 49 employees ... [Read more]

2012-11-27 09:09:31

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James Gray discusses e-petitions on The Week in Parliament

{qtube vid:=X3PW_qdsl8A w:=340 h:=242 b:=0 ap:=0 rel:=0} On Friday 26th October, North Wiltshire MP James Gray discussed the future of e-petitions with Chair of the Backbench Business Committee Natascha Engel MP on BBC Parliament's The Week in Parliament. Source: BBC Parliament - The Week in Parliament... [Read more]

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