In the constituency
I’ve been contacted by a number of concerned constituents in reaction to news that M&S in Bedford town centre will be closing on the 4th May, and have been in contact with senior M&S staff urging them to reconsider their decision. Many will have been following the M&S campaign online. M&S bosses told me this week that this is a commercial decision which is not influenced by high business rates or the market being held outside the store, and although the high rental costs were something of a factor, it’s simply the case that people do not spend enough money in town centre M&S stores any more, throughout the country.
I have received many more emails from constituents regarding Brexit, again representing a range of views. Constituents have written concerning amendments to the Agricultural Bill to control the use of pesticide, also regarding amendments to protect the environment to reverse the decimation of wildlife populations by restoring nature.
I have also received emails about CAMRA’s campaign to protect British pubs, and by constituents expressing differing views regarding assisted dying, and emails in support of the NSPCC’s campaign to stop people in positions of trust taking advantage of minors.
I was also contacted by a number of constituents after speaking about ME treatment, and I have received emails reflecting both sides of the debate regarding Parliamentary prayers.
My team have been working with constituents to support them with casework, as usual dominated by issues with immigration, housing, and antisocial behaviour. We have new medical cases revealing potential issues with Circle MSK, and issues with combined GP surgeries highlighting the impact that has on patients being sent to appointments across different locations.
Whilst Brexit continues to dominate proceedings, I have made the following appearances:
24/01/19 – Joint HMI Prison and Probation Report
24/01/19 – Appropriate ME Treatment
05/02/10 – Prison overcrowding
06/02/19 – Public Sector Procurement
07/02/19 – Caste based discrimination
07/02/19 – Antisocial behaviour
11/02/19 – Universal Credit: Fluctuating Income
11/02/19 – Free TV Licenses for over 75s