I am delighted and proud to have been selected again as the parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen.
As someone who has lived here all of my life, I know and understand the area intimately and will fight for the issues that matter most to you; your concerns are my concerns. I want to make Southampton and its residents safer, more prosperous and to make our city one of which we can all be proud.
Thank you for your support
Royston in Action
Labour abandon our libraries
Last night I attended Southampton City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee (OSMC) to grill the Cabinet Member for Resources over his proposed closure of libraries. Everyone understands the financial challenge. Labour blame the government and the government point to Labour’s failure over debt and deficit on office. The reality is we are where we […]
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Labour’s cynical library closures
A little over a year ago, the Labour council proposed slashing the hours of operation of the well used and much loved Cobbett Road library. After a valiant effort led by the Friends of Cobbett Road Library, culminating in a 500-name petition, the council backed down. Cynically, Labour have not just dusted off last year’s […]
A reprieve for the Bitterne Walk-in Centre
Last night I attended the City Council’s Health Overview Scrutiny Panel (HOSP) to make representations on behalf of local residents regarding the proposed closure of the Bitterne Walk-in Centre. I made it clear that to close the centre without full and thorough consultation was not acceptable. I pointed out that the walk-in centre is a […]
The Secretary of State must intervene
Since the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced its plans to close the much-valued Bitterne Walk-in Centre I have been working to find a solution that will both protect the Walk-in Centre and perhaps release funding to assist with the additional pressures winter puts on health services. I have asked the Labour controlled council to use […]
Bitterne Walk-in Centre Update
I promised to keep you updated on progress in my campaign to save the Bitterne Walk-in Centre from closure. As I understand it the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) cannot make this decision without approval of the City Council’s Health and Well Being Board (H&WBB). This Board is dominated by Labour Councillors. I am therefore a little […]