In the constituency
Emails continue to flood my inbox on the subject of Brexit, and very many constituents wrote to express their concern about the rollout of Universal Credit. A significant number of people wrote to me to ask for a ban on trophy hunting imports into the UK .
Constituents have written to me calling for pressure to be put on the Financial Conduct Authority to enforce their rules on affordability checks for payday loans, and about the Immigration Bill which had its second reading this week, prompting fears that Government plans will worsen NHS and care sector staff shortages. I’ve heard from a number of people who have asked me to put pressure on the Government regarding long-term plans for the NHS and their failure to address waiting times for treatment, and an Alzheimers Society campaign regarding dementia care prompted a number of people to contact me too.
The cases that my team have been working hard with constituents to address continue to be varied, but with several local authority issues including housing and Special Educational Needs. My office has also taken up cases relating to mental health provision, Bedford prison and issues with DWP and the Home Office, amongst others.
I have met with constituents at my drop-in surgeries and continued to knock on doors and meet constituents across Bedford and Kempston.
Please follow the following links to Hansard to read about my recent appearances in Westminster.
In December, I was able to ask questions about the administration of Johnston Press, the plight of the Rohingya, the adequacy of the breast cancer screening programme, the state pension issue for women who were born in the 1950s, and raised a question relating to the lack of enforcement of existing legislation relating to the use of fireworks.
At the debate for the NHS Long-Term Plan on the 7th January I raised the issues of the lack of in-patient beds for male adults in Bedford, which has led to a struggle in terms of the care constituents are able to access. Following this, I was able to ask a question on the Secretary of State’s plan regarding this issue and whether they would reinstate in-patient mental health facilities in Bedford.
I raised a question on 15th January about a specific incident involving ambulance response time when called from a GP surgery. I expressed my concern about this issue and asked a question about future action in terms of the wellbeing of patients, regardless of where they call from.
On 17th January I spoke in a debate on children’s social care, raising the issue of unregulated semi-independent living homes for children leaving care, which are often unfit for purpose and leave vulnerable young people at risk.
On 24th January I posed a question about the impact on local residents as a result of intimidating behaviour from prisoners inside Bedford Prison, and as a result of the dilapidation of the Prison estate, to which Rory Stewart MP promised to seek a solution. I also spoke in the debate on the medical condition ME, sufferers of which are often stigmatised and marginalised, and which requires urgent funded research into finding appropriate treatments.