On 20 November 2019, James hosted Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, following campaigning to stop the expressway proposals and ask that Government instead focus investment in pre-existing roads, like the A34, as well as in East/West rail and cycling facilities.
In 2011 free two-hour town centre car parking was introduced in large parts of this constituency by the Conservative administration at the Vale of White Horse Council, which along with grants provided by central government, have helped to reverse declining footfall in Abingdon.
Safety concerns with the A34 have been the local issue most frequently raised with me. We all know the road is critical to our local economy, yet the extremely short slip road junctions mean the road has a high frequency of accidents.
In the Brexit referendum, James voted to Remain and campaigned all over the country with the ‘Stronger In’ campaign. During the campaign, James made it clear that whatever the democratic outcome was, it should be respected.
James’s background is in digital technology and he’s seen first hand how improved connectivity, both physical and digital, can create new opportunities, protect our environment and tackle social isolation.
Technology, when used constructively is often a phenomenal force for good. Yet, alongside the opportunities comes a responsibility to get better at managing the risks and harms that the misuse of technology poses for some people – particularly on our children and young people.
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