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“EU citizens are valued and make a huge contribution to the economy and cultural diversity of my Argyll & Bute constituency” The SNP has welcomed a new report that has revealed EU citizens feel safer and more welcome in Scotland than they do in other parts of the UK post-Brexit. The report – EU families … Continue reading NEW STUDY: EU CITIZENS FEEL SAFER AND MORE WELCOME IN SCOTLAND

Learning in the great outdoors

Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith)

Over 2,000 school pupils will transform Edinburgh’s iconic Holyrood Park into the country’s largest outdoor classroom for two days this week.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has vowed to continue helping local residents affected by ‘whisky black’ – a fungus believed to cause the discolouration of property located near to whisky bonds. The local SNP MP became the first ever … Continue reading


Last week the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he intends to annex the Jordan Valley, as well as Israeli settlements that have themselves been built in breach of the Fourth Geneva convention, if he is returned to office as a result of the current general election.

The UN has said that these plans would see a third of the occupied West Bank annexed and destroy any chance of future peace talks. That’s why I’ve signed a letter to Boris Johnson, along with over 100 MPs demanding the UK government acts robustly to any Israeli annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory. You can read the letter in full here.

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Weekly News 18fed Medi 2019

Guto Bebb (Aberconwy)

Y tro diwethaf i mi ysgrifennu, roeddwn i’n AS Ceidwadol dros Aberconwy.  Yn awr, ac nid trwy ddewis, rydw i’n AS dros Aberconwy.  Mae’r rhesymau yn syml.  Nid wyf yn derbyn bod mandad democrataidd ar gyfer Brexit heb gytundeb ac ni fyddaf yn cefnogi canlyniad o’r fath.  Cefnogais ddeddfwriaeth yn Nhŷ’r Cyffredin i wneud dim cytundeb yn llawer mwy anodd, ac o ganlyniad, rydw i ac un ar hugain o ASau Ceidwadol eraill wedi colli’r Chwip Geidwadol.  Mae’r gwrthryfelwyr bondigrybwyll

Steve joins Perivale fayre

Steve Pound (Ealing North)

Perivale End of Summer Festival which took place on Sunday 15 September.  Steve was joined by Deputy Mayor; Councillor Ahmed Munir and Councillor Tariq Mohammed.

There is an extraordinary Town Council meeting taking place on Tuesday 24th September in the Methodist Centre, Union Street at 7pm.

The meeting has been called for Town Councillors to consider and decide on whether they should support two proposals:

– Should the community support a Community Hall as part of the proposed new Leisure Centre Complex on Chapel Lane (opposite Lidl)

– Should the community support extending and improving facilities at the Town Pavilion at Wynhill playing field, where the Rugby Club is based, other community groups and individuals use for events.

The meeting is open to the public so please go along and have your say on the future of your community.

Time To Read

Ben Bradley (Mansfield)

This week the Book Trust are promoting their #TimeToRead campaign and will reach over 700,000 reception aged children and give them this book - The Cave, by Rob Hodgson - as well as sharing activities to help parents engage with reading with their kids.
We know reading supports children's development and communication skills, but it also helps their mental health too and impacts on things like loneliness and anxiety.
I love reading with my two boys, and that's why I'm supporting #TimeToRead

Happy Anniversary St Thomas’ Aldridge

Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills)

It was lovely to attend the Community Fun Day and Church Service this weekend to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St Thomas Church.

The weather on Saturday was fantastic for the funday and it was good to see so many families joining in the activities. I also enjoyed catching up with the Fire Cadets and the new group of UK Navigators who shared and demonstrated some of their outdoor skills with me.

Our local Churches play a very important part of everyday life across my Aldridge-Brownhills constituency and the annual Community Fun Day organised by St Thomas’ Church, has become a regular feature in my diary.

It was a lovely to meet up with friends, new and old, at both the Community Fun Day and the service. Thank you for a lovely weekend.

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Walls in a troubled world

John Redwood (Wokingham)

In the 1980s the West rejoiced at helping pull down the Berlin Wall. That wall which divided a German city was constructed by the USSR to keep people in. Knowing how far their living standards and freedoms had fallen below the West, the USSR denied most of their people any access to western media or to the West itself. People were shot if they tried to cross into another part of their city.

It was the visible evidence of the lengths communists went to to detain their citizens that turned me against communism in my youth. My first political and economic writings were about the failures of the communist system, and the cruelties communist states imposed on people.

In recent years countries on both sides of the Atlantic have put up walls and fences to keep people out. Mr Trump’s wall added to Mr Clinton’s. The Anglo French fence in Calais is a small example of border fences that are common along the miles of EU border, especially to the south and east. The aim is to deter illegal migrants, drawn by the relative prosperity, the freedoms, jobs and benefits of living in an advanced western society.

There are signs of a cyber curtain coming down across the world. As the USA challenges China over alleged theft of Intellectual property, and seeks reassurances that its own systems will be safe from cyber attack, the world moves towards two systems and two alliance patterns. Countries are having to answer the US question, are you with us or against us? It will prove increasingly difficult to mix Chinese and US components and services within technology products and services.

The independent, formally Labour, MP for Birkenhead, Frank Field, outlines his plans for a new industrial revolution

Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has welcomed the fantastic news that Natural England have listened and have withdrawn their objection to the planning application for the proposed South Withernsea Coastal Defence Scheme. 

The news comes following Graham writing to the Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, to highlight the devastating effects the loss of the road would have on the community and asking him to look into Natural England’s concerns. Government officials subsequently liaised with Natural England, who have confirmed that they will withdraw their holding objection to the planning application. 

Responding to the news, Graham said: “I have worked for years with Councillors Lyn Healing, Dave Tucker and Paul Whitehead, along with council officers seeking to secure this vital protection for the people and businesses of Withernsea, so I’m delighted it’s bearing fruit. We’re not over the line yet but with Natural England withdrawing their objection we should be all set to go if we successfully jump the final hurdle which is the securing of the ERDF funding, which we should know in the next few weeks. 

“We all know just how important it is to the local community to secure the futures of Holmpton Road and Hollym Road, which this rock armour will help protect. Not only will it save people’s homes, the roads are vital for blue light services to get to the communities to the south of Withernsea. 

“I was disappointed that Natural England didn’t seem to recognise this when they announced their intention to object to the scheme at its planning stage, which is why I held discussions with them and East Riding Council, to help impress upon Natural England that these protections are of vital importance for the future of Withernsea and the surrounding area. 

“I understand that Natural England still have concerns about the effect that the scheme will have on sediment flow along the coast, so I thank them for taking on board the concerns of my constituents in making their decision.” 

The scheme is now through to the second stage of an ERDF funding application due this Autumn, which will provide £3m of the £5.5m needed. 

Graham said, “I will continue to support this project as it goes through its funding application and have offered my full support to council officers and local councillors.” 

Councillor Lyn Healing said: “This news is a great relief. It was extremely worrying that Natural England were objecting to the planning application and we councillors have been working hard with council officers to find a way round Natural England’s concerns. I am pleased that Graham has been so involved in helping us, not only intervening directly with Natural England, but also in highlighting how important this scheme is to us in Withernsea with the Minister. Now that Natural England are on board we have to hope that we get the £3m ERDF funding.”

MPs Report September 2019

Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

Dear Newcastle

These are such strange and worrying times for our country. Who could have thought we would find ourselves with a Prime Minister unable to confirm he would uphold the law? When Parliament recessed in July Boris Johnson had been Prime Minister for only one full day. He spent the summer trying to take advantage of the lack of Parliamentary scrutiny to bully, bluster and bribe the British people, MPs and the European Union into his vision of an extreme no-deal Brexit Britain. His decision to use the Queen to prorogue parliament until October 14th united people in disbelief and outrage. The demonstrations across the country and huge turnout in Newcastle show how deeply this ‘smash and grab’ on British democracy is felt. Jeremy brought opposition parties together in combined effort to ensure we block a no deal Brexit.  Boris Johnson’s response was further threats – to chuck out of the Conservative party MPs who opposed him and try to call a General Election.  It is astounding that we now have the Prime Minister ranged against the majority of MPs, the majority of the British people, the vast, vast majority of business and almost all our international friends and allies in pursuing a 31st October hard right Brexit, do or die.

National Citizenship Service at West End Food Bank

I and almost all Labour MPs have pledged to do all we can to prevent a no deal Brexit and its disastrous economic implications for the North East.  Johnson’s fawning on Trump during the G7 demonstrate the kind of Trade Deal we can expect from this Government, one that wrecks our NHS, our environment, our food  standards and our farming. We need a General Election to deliver a Labour Government, but we will not fall into the trap of supporting a General Election that is  a trojan horse a no deal Brexit.

Brexit chaos and turmoil is preventing progress on other huge challenges we face from climate change to social care. I believe only a final say referendum can enable us to move on, as I argued in my Independent Blog

Backbench and Constituency Role
  • Recess was very welcome after the madness of the last week of Parliament and I took advantage of the time to make more constituency visits and take part in local activities.
  • The Home Office refused to return to Newcastle a constituent with Stage 4 cancer deported in error as a UK court had confirmed. After a social media campaign, with a tweet that received over 5000 retweets, the Home Office agreed to bring him back and he is now receiving treatment in Newcastle.
  • Peter Duncan was tragically murdered in Eldon Square in an unprovoked attack. I engaged with Northumbria Police and the family of the murder victim to ensure that appropriate support and resources were available.

 Probation Service visit in Newcastle

  • On Correspondence many of the Ministers have changed so I continue to engage with Ministers  or Government Agencies on Leasehold, Litter, Long Term Support for Victims of Operation Sanctuary, Newcastle United Finance, Weinstein and Ipsa, Relocation and Ipsa, use of  Algorithms in the Home Office with the Council on Kittiwakes and Homelessnes and with LNER on Disability Access
Shadow Ministerial and PES Role
  • I continue to meet with business organisations on the implications of a no-deal Brexit as the first Brexit deadline approached.
  • Brexit is severely impacting capacity to develop policy in other areas but I continue to work on science and industrial strategy.



Independent blog on Brexit. Video messages on Transport in the North East, Peter Duncan’s death and Brexit.

Newcastle Best Ever Summer: Street Games in Cowgate

Meetings and visits

Pavilion Court Summer Fayre, Dippy the Dinosaur at the Great North Museum, Street Games, Northern Group, Osbit, Councillor Ged Bell & Michelle Percy Newcastle City Council re Grainger Market, NCS Food Bank visit, Tim Goodill Cassini films, Newcastle Probation Service, Chris Drinkwater Social Prescribing, Amrit ADP Architecture, Exhibition of Photography: Settling on Tyneside, Fenham Association of Residents Best Ever Summer Wildlife Activities, Deliveroo, Bizspace Press & Partners Day, Phil Rosenberg Board of Deputies of British Jews, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Fenham Association of Residents  Bird Watching Walk.

Dippy at the Great North Museum


NINEE’s 8th Annual Igbo Day/New Yam Festival.

Gwynne encourages constituents to consider gas safety

Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish)

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has put his support behind Gas Safety Week 2019 (16-22 September).

For Gas Safety Week, organisations from across the UK are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

In the first 7 months of 2019, British Gas engineers identified over 26,000 unsafe appliances, with the most common faults found with boilers and old cookers. Many customers have not had their electrical wiring or gas appliances checked in 10-20 years.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“It’s crucial for everyone’s health and safety that they have regular gas safety checks and install carbon monoxide detectors.


“There are potentially tragic consequences for people not taking gas safety seriously and I would encourage all of my constituents to think carefully about this issue and take action if necessary.”

Gas safety tips are available online here: https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/stay-safe/top-tips-to-stay-safe/


Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness)

I am deeply concerned by the increase in fires in the Amazon rainforest and the impact of the tragic loss of these precious habitats. The effect of these fires will be felt around the world which is why we need international action to protect the world’s rainforests.

I am therefore proud that the UK continues to support projects in Brazil, with the Prime Minister announcing an immediate donation of £10 million to help protect and restore the Amazon rainforest, in addition to the £120 million of funding the UK provides through our international climate finance programme. I also welcome that the Foreign Secretary raised the matter with his Brazilian Counterpart, and the Minister of State, Christopher Pincher MP, discussed it with the Brazilian Ambassador to the UK.

It is tremendously important to protect the world’s rainforests, so I am pleased action is being taken to stop deforestation.

The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan sets out ambitions to support and protect the world’s forests, supporting sustainable agriculture and zero-deforestation supply chains. In 2013 rules were brought in to stop illegal timber from being imported into the EU and sold which means anyone wishing to sell timber must be able to show that it has not been harvested illegally.

The UK has committed to spending £5.8 billion in international climate finance (ICF) between 2016 and 2021, which includes programmes that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use change. Since the ICF began in 2011, the UK has spent over £800 million on forest and land use programmes, including projects which aim to reduce deforestation in Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia. £64.9 million has already been spent to protect over 200,000 hectares of forest in the Amazon, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado regions.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus B MacNeil has been notified by Ofgem that they expect to publish its decision on the Final Needs Case for the Western Isles in Autumn 2019.

In March this year, Ofgem announced that they were minded to reject the proposal by SSEN to build a 600MW transmission link to the Western Isles and favour instead a 450MW link and subsequently launched a consultation seeking the views of stakeholders and the public.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:

“When Ofgem announced in March that they were minded to favour a 450MW transmission link instead of a 600MW link, I appealed to Ofgem to think again and do what is best for the environment and the economy.

“Approval of a 600MW link is crucial for development in our islands, which have the strongest wind resource in Europe. 

“The UK Government have set an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050, constructing an adequate link to the Hebrides will help that aim.  I have repeatedly raised this matter with Ofgem and the UK Government and I hope Ofgem will listen and make the right decision this Autumn.”


Remembrance : paying tribute to the Battle of Britain

Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe)

Last Sunday I attended once again the annual Battle of Britain service at St Stephen’s Church in Lympne. This year marks the 79th anniversary of that epic struggle between the RAF and the German air force above the skies of Kent, when the fate of western Europe hung by a thread. Defeat would have given the Nazis air superiority over the English Channel and the opportunity to attack Britain’s defenceless cities. It would also have facilitated an invasion of our country in 1940. The fact that an initially numerically inferior Royal Air Force won through is a testament to so many timeless qualities; dogged determination to fight a known evil, personal courage in the face of adversity, the technical superiority of our Spitfire and Hurricane planes and the mastery of tactics by Fighter Command. Even though many years have passed, and fewer and fewer people have personal memories of this conflict, it is important, particularly in our corner of England, that we remember the Battle of Britain in its own right.

I would like to thank the Hythe and Romney Marsh branch of the Royal Air Force Association, and in particular their Chairman Bob Spinner and Treasurer Alison Patridge, for organising the memorial service. It was great to see an excellent turn out of air cadets, as well as the flag bearers who provided the guard of honour. The service at Lympne always seems particularly poignant to me given its proximity to the former aerodrome in the village, which played an active part in the battle. Port Lympne was also used to provide accommodation for air officers from Czechoslovakia who were supporting the Allied war effort. However, there were also other services at Folkestone and Capel le Ferne to mark this anniversary. I was also interested to learn as well about plans for a new memorial at Dungeness to remember pilots who lost their lives over the sea and in that corner of Romney Marsh during the Second World War.

Another place for quiet reflection on the Marsh is the sculpture park created and curated by Briony Kapoor and the IMOS Foundation, around the former parish church of Hope, near New Romney. The church was consecrated in the twelfth century but has been a ruin for hundreds of years and the village that it once served is also long departed. The sculptures commemorate the relationship between the armed forces and Romney Marsh, as well as the lives of local Saints and others whose work has provided a source of inspiration to people of all faiths. The church and sculpture park are open to the public but should be viewed on appointment through the IMOS Foundation. You can find out more information from the website imosfoundation.org

Folkestone and Hythe District Council has announced that our town centres will benefit from a £3m investment from the High Streets Fund. This fund will support restoration works to properties and master planning for the future of our local high streets. Businesses who would like more information about this, including how to apply for support, can find it at the website folkestone.works

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Today we remember the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of those who fought there. Arnhem would prove a bridge too far but would also come to define our Airborne Forces, forging an enduring legacy. It is a story of immeasurable bravery and unspeakable tragedy.

Over the summer recess, I have been running a Brexit survey across the Chesterfield constituency. I am now in a position to publish the responses that I received and give you my summary of what the answers tell us about Chesterfield’s people’s views.

Who completed the survey?

The survey was available online and was promoted both on my Facebook and Twitters accounts and via the Derbyshire Times. We also took the survey onto the streets and invited some Chesterfield constituents to respond to the survey asked by campaigners from the Labour Party. In total we had 1,279 responses from within the Chesterfield constituency.

The first question sought to establish what proportion of respondents had originally voted Remain or Leave and whether there had been significant movement in people’s views since the Referendum.

In response to this 47.82% said they had voted Remain and were still in favour of Remain, and 41.86% said they’d voted Leave and were still in favour of leaving. In addition 2.69% hadn’t voted. This meant that a very small percentage (7.58%) had changed their minds, with slightly more having favoured Remain now being Leave than the other way round.

The Chesterfield constituency is not exactly the same as the Chesterfield Borough area, but an estimated 58% of Chesterfield constituents voted to Leave the EU- this means that either there has been a considerable change of heart since then or that the respondents to my survey contained a disproportionately high number of remain voters. Given that less than 8% said that they had changed their mind, I expect that it was the latter.

What should happen now?

On the question of what should happen next, there was almost an exact split between the three ‘remain’ options and the three ‘leave’ options, but with a vast majority at the more extreme aspects of the answers.

Of the ‘remain’ options, 23% thought the UK Government should revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU, 20.6% thought that the Government should hold a 2nd Referendum to decide whether to leave or remain, and only 5.3% thought Britain should attempt to negotiate a new deal but Remain if no better deal could be resolved.

Of the ‘leave’ options, 21% argued for leaving the EU on WTO terms and 25.65% thought that Britain should attempt to negotiate a new deal but be prepared to leave without one if unable to do so. Just 1.5% were in favour of supporting Theresa May’s deal and then reviewing after the 2-year transition period.

Sadly, these responses merely go to demonstrate how divided we are as

a country. There are people who voted Remain, who nonetheless believe that Government should attempt to negotiate a deal to get Britain to leave, but these are dwarfed by the number of remainers who still wish to see Britain either revoke or wish to see a 2nd Referendum (presumably as a vehicle of remaining in the EU).

Of those who support Brexit almost none support the only deal that has been negotiated, and whilst there were more in favour of a deal than leaving without one, there was a significant number who said Britain should be willing to leave without a deal if no ‘better’ deal can be achieved.

Should Britain attempt to remain in Customs Union and Single market?

There was a majority in favour of remaining in the customs union and single market, which was greater than the numbers who wished for Britain to remain in the Eu, but only a fairly small percentage of Leave voters wished to see Britain remain in these arrangements.

53.8% supported remaining in the Customs Union and 55.6% for the single market compared with 38.4% against.

Labour’s manifesto for the 2017 General Election said that ‘ Labour believes leaving without a deal is the worst possible option for our economy and that we would seek to retain close

alignment with the Customs Union and single market.” Whilst this answer showed a majority in favour of remaining in the customs union and single market, the number of Leave respondents supporting that position showed that for the many Leave voters a Brexit that saw Britain remain in the customs union or single market would not be accepted as a fulfillment of Brexit.

What should happen in Ireland?

Given that the survey respondents were more likely to have voted Remain than Leave, it was maybe unsurprising that the most popular response to the question of Ireland was to continue to have freedom of movement for goods and people (45.39%) than any other. The second most popular answer (22.65%) was ‘there should be no border for people but goods should be subject to customs checks’, 14.72% wanted a ‘border’ in the Irish Sea, whilst returning to a hard border  between the North and South and re-negotiating the Good Friday agreement was backed by just 7.3%.

Economic prospects

Almost half of respondents (48.49%) thought the UK would

be worse off now and in the future when we left, whilst those who thought Britain would ultimately be better off were split between those who thought we’d be better off immediately and eventually (24.76%) and those that argued that the UK would initially be worse off but ultimately better off (23.81%).


There were two free text questions concerning the benefits or concerns regarding Brexit.

The words used most often to describe benefits were: laws, freedom, trade deals and control.

The words used most often to describe concerns were: economy, NHS, trade deals and recession.

 Key negotiating priorities

The next question asked respondents to order their key negotiating priorities on a scale of 1-5. There was a list of which answers received the most ‘Number 1 priorities’ and an overall score.

‘Trade with the EU’ was both the most popular Number 1 priority and also the top overall score (3.59), followed by ‘ability to trade with countries outside the EU’ close behind (3.49%), Preserving the United Kingdom union (2.84%), collaboration on security (2.63) and control of immigration (2.51)

A General Election

The question of a General election was one that didn’t go down a purely Leave/ Remain divide.

Remain voters were slightly more likely to think that the PM should call a General Election than Leave voters, although recent events may have changed the response if it was asked again. But overall 49.88% said that we SHOULD have a General Election and 39.87% said that we SHOULD NOT, 10.25% were unsure.


The survey has been immensely useful in getting an updated snapshot of constituent opinions. Every voter in Chesterfield was invited to vote, and no-one was excluded, but that doesn’t mean that the numbers responding were a representative sample.

The most striking conclusion is that currently there seems to be very little sign of the country or the constituency being about to come together. The vast majority of voters still think what they did about the overall question of what we should do, and respondents to this survey seem to be hardening in their view towards a ‘Hard Brexit’ or a ‘Hard Remain’.

Recent elections have also rewarded parties who took a view at the more extreme end of the Brexit debate, with Brexit Party (No deal) and Lib Dem (Parliament to overrule Brexit without a Referendum) benefiting in the recent EU Parliamentary elections whilst both Labour Party and the Conservatives finding Leave and Remain voters were unpersuaded thus far by attempts to find a ‘middle way’.

I can’t pretend that the survey responses have given me a great deal of confidence that we are close to re-uniting the country- particularly whilst so much remains unknown about the basis of our future relationship with both the EU and the rest of the world. One thing that was clear was that the importance of trade and the impact on our economy was now considerably more significant to voters than concerns about immigration.

The complexity of delivering a Brexit that doesn’t undermine the UK union and protects relations on the island of Ireland were also well understood by respondents who were much more inclined to compromise on that question.

In the 2017 General Election, I said that I believed we needed a Brexit deal that delivered on the promises made for it (namely being able to continue to trade and attract world class talent). The support for staying within the single market and customs union at least showed support for that aspect of my approach. I have long said that I believed we could only re-unite the country by finding a resolution that recognised the narrowness of the outcome whilst also accepting that the Referendum result was a vote to Leave. Both I, and the Labour Party manifesto of 2017 made clear our opposition to leaving the EU without a deal. This was consistent with what campaigning organisations like ‘Vote Leave’ and senior Government ministers from the Leave side said during the campaign and since.

I will continue to engage with both constituents and businesses as the process progresses. I hear, loud and clear, people’s frustration about how long the process is taking, but I think there was a deliberate attempt during the campaign and since it to underplay the complexity or full consequences of leaving the EU- particularly in moving on to WTO terms, and leaving without a deal.

I also hope that this survey will have helped others to realise (as I have done) how different the opinions of people who may have voted the same way on 23rd June 2016. Not all leavers are ‘no dealers’, not all remainers are ‘revokers’. But there is still a strong sense that far from bringing the country together and settling the matter once and for all, in many ways opinions are more divided now than they ever were.

It leaves politicians with an unenviable task in finding a way to bring the country together. I have already voted in Parliament in ways that I felt were a compromise, but am renewed in my determination to find a solution that a majority can accept and can help the country come together again.

Local MP Maria Miller MP was pleased to show her support for the Disability Information Day, which was held in The Malls in Basingstoke town centre on 13 September.  

The annual awareness day is organised by the Basingstoke and District Disability Forum (BDDF). As in previous years, many charities and other local organisations had stalls in Castle Square, to offer advice and information, and highlight what they do and the services they provide.

Drop-in Surgeries: September 2019

Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire)

Drop-in Surgeries: September 2019

Please find a list of my drop-in surgeries for September.


Wednesday 18th September

Tarbolton Community Campus                   12noon – 12.45pm

Annbank Village Hall                                       1.15pm – 2.00pm


Thursday 19th September

Montgomerie Hall, Dundonald                    11.15am – 12noon

Loans Village Hall                                          12.30pm – 1.15pm


Tuesday 24th September

Townend Community Centre, Dreghorn         12noon – 12.45pm

65 Club, Main Street, Prestwick                        2.15pm – 3pm


Friday 27th September

Constituency Office, 14 Eglinton Street, Irvine        4.15pm – 5pm


Saturday 28th September

Troon Library                                     12noon – 12.45pm


I hold regular surgeries where you can drop in to speak to me about an issue, no appointment necessary. To best serve my constituents, my surgeries rotate around the constituency. If you have an issue you wish to raise but cannot attend a surgery, please just contact my constituency office using our contact form or the details provided on the contact page. MPs deal with the following matters that are ‘reserved’ to the UK Parliament at Westminster: Benefits and Social Security, Immigration, Defence, Foreign Policy, Employment, Broadcasting, Trade and Industry, Nuclear Energy, Oil, Coal, Gas and Electricity, Consumer Rights, Data Protection, and the Constitution.


General Drop-in Surgery Information

You can find more information on drop-in sessions on the Surgeries page of this website and on our Contact page.

Please note that there are occasionally late changes in parliamentary businesses and surgeries may be cancelled at short notice. When this happens my team will do their best to inform both the venue and the local constituents in advance, but this may not always be possible given the short timescale. As such, if you intend to come along to a particular surgery, you may wish to contact my constituency office beforehand to confirm it is taking place as scheduled.

To reach the Central Ayrshire constituency office to check the schedule, or if you require further information, you can contact us on 01294 311 160 or use the Contact Form on our contact page by clicking here.

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Not liberal. Not democrats.

Steven Baker (Wycombe)

The Bromley Crime Summit 2019

Bob Stewart (Beckenham)

This morning (Saturday 14 September) I attended the Bromley Crime Summit held in the Civic Centre. It was hosted by the award winning Bromley Youth Council (BYC) and chaired by Ms Sharon Baldwin.

I was very impressed by the young people - aged between 11 -19 - who presented the results of a survey of about 700 schoolchildren that the BYC had carried out. I want to repeat some of the findings they found because I think them to be very important.

Apprenticeship Awards 2019

Michelle Donelan (Chippenham)

Delighted to be asked to present the People’s Plus award today at the London Regional Apprenticeship Awards 2019.

The awards are a national scheme with the UK final coming up in a few months. They are a great opportunity to celebrate the quality and breadth of the apprenticeship schemes we have across the UK. Today showcased some inspiring apprentices and also the ‘buy in’ of the companies offering these schemes.

The time employers invest is essential to maintaining the high levels of quality and also ensuring that recruitment is open to all.

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Stewart Hosie (Dundee East)

Dundee’s two SNP MPs have called for the UK Government to exert more pressure on the Indian Government, following a meeting with representatives from the local Muslim community concerned about the ongoing human rights violations in the autonomous region of Kashmir.
The Indian Government revoked Article 370 of its constitution earlier this year, which stripped Kashmir of the autonomy it has had for over seventy years. This was followed by a near total communications blackout throughout the region, a heightened military presence, and restrictions on freedom of movement and peaceful assembly.
Reports of widespread detentions and the use of excessive force against protestors have also been heard, although few newspapers and broadcasters have been able to access news from the region.
In a letter to the Prime Minister on behalf of their constituents, Chris Law and Stewart Hosie raised their concerns over the violations, and called for the UK Government to use the upcoming meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council to highlight the ongoing situation in Kashmir and work with the Indian Government to end the conflict.
Mr Law and Mr Hosie met with representatives from the Dura Street Mosque to discuss the ongoing situation, and have encouraged any constituents concerned to get in touch with their office at chris.law.mp@parliament.uk or stewart.hosie.mp@parliament.uk.
Chris Law, MP for Dundee West and SNP International Development and Climate Justice Spokesperson, said:
“Some of the stories I have heard from constituents with close friends and family in the region are simply horrific. Many are unable to make any contact at all with their loved ones, and very little news has made it out of the region. As someone who has visited Kashmir on a number of occasions over the last thirty years, I know the area very well, and this is personally heartbreaking.
“The UK Government must urgently do more. The preservation of human rights is an issue for all of us. There are thousands of people personally affected here not just in Dundee but across the UK, and the UK Government must act for these people and work with other partners to put pressure on the Indian Government to bring a peaceful return to relations in Kashmir.”