In the Constituency
Due to the chaos resulting from the appallingly mismanaged introduction of the new rail timetable, this has inevitably and overwhelmingly been the focus of many constituents’ queries and concerns.
I met with Chris Grayling and later Jo Johnson this week and it is extremely disappointing that despite their promises, they have today failed to provide any guarantee that East Midlands Peak services will be reinstated. This Government have lost all control of rail. My latest written response to Chris Grayling’s inactivity on rail can be read on my Facebook page and Twitter.
Whilst Parliament was in recess last week, alongside my Labour Party colleagues, I visited the homes of constituents, knocking on doors across many wards within the constituency. I’ve also met with many constituents at surgeries over recent weeks at Morrisons, Cardington Road Tesco and Project 229 and at my regular bookable surgery slots in my office.
Over the last month, young D/deaf and hard of hearing people visited me to talk about the ‘Hear Me Out’ campaign, I dropped into see the ‘Break The Stigma’ display at The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, and I’ve attended various community Iftar events. I also attended a coffee morning at Aspley court in Harpur, and the opening of the new Premier store on Gostwick Road in Cauldwell. Yesterday morning I visited Daubeney Academy to talk about the value of community, and later attended a BME policing conference at Kempston Police Headquarters.
As we approach the first anniversary of the fire, I attended the Grenfell United Rally outside Parliament and met with survivors of this appalling tragedy.
I met with Lucy Frazer, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice, to discuss our courts, and access to justice in Bedford, which is being eroded under this Tory Government.
I attended the LGA’s bright futures campaign launch, which saw Bedford Borough Council’s work on mindful Yoga programme for young people get recognition.
I also lent my support to the Plastics Bill, and ‘say no more’ campaign against domestic Violence.
I have spoken in debates on the fur trade, and NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation and have asked questions on rail timetabling and Bedford Prison. Follow the links to read my contributions to the debates:
- 23 May NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation
- 4 June Rail Timetabling
- 4 June Fur Trade
- 5 June Justice Questions
Details of the written questions I have submitted on rail (predominantly), stem cell donations and the issuing of voluntary withdrawal forms to young asylum seekers, and the Government’s responses can be read here.