Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

The Government’s Broadband Achievements

I have received an update from the Minister on what the Government has done to improve access to superfast broadband. ● Superfast broadband is now available to more than 94 per cent of UK homes and businesses, up from 45 per cent in 2010. ● Since 2013, more than 4.5 million homes and businesses have […]

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Meeting the Focus School

I went to visit The Focus School yesterday and spoke to the pupils about my work as an MP. They showed me their projects on the Anglo Saxons which were impressive, and the School choir sang. The School’s Inspection report is good. The pupils participated well in the lessons I saw, and their project work […]

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Statement from South Western Railways on next week’s strikes

Today (Thursday) we met with the RMT and had hoped we could persuade them to suspend next week’s planned strike and allow the positive local talks we had been having to continue. We still believe that by continuing to engage with our local staff representatives we can find a way to work together and deliver […]

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South Western trains strike

I met with Andy Mellors, the MD of SW Trains to ask him about the RMT planned strike on 8 and 9 November. Other local MPs were also present. Mr Mellors said the company had contingency plans should the strike go ahead. They aimed to run most services, with a few being covered by a […]

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Universal credit

Wokingham will soon be part of the Universal credit system, as its phased introduction comes to us. The system comes to the Reading office in December and to the Bracknell office probably in February next year. So far the rollout around the country has not produced too many difficult cases. The government I am assured […]

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Affordable homes for rent and purchase

I attended the debate on a Ten Minute Rule Bill led by Christopher Chope MP to promote more affordable homes for rent and purchase. The idea behind this bill is a good one. Private capital will be raised to pay for a substantial number of new homes where planning permission allows development. These homes will […]

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Meeting with Minister Hancock over broadband roll out

I had a meeting with Matt Hancock to draw his attention to some small business constituents who are finding it difficult or impossible to secure access to superfast br0adband at an affordable price. I also raised service quality issues for a range of constituents who do have superfast services but do not always find they […]

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National Funding Formula for Schools

I lobbied the government to increase the total amount going to schools over the next three years, and to increase the proportion of the total going to Wokingham schools which were poorly funded by national standards. The government has now decided on its new National Funding Formula which does give increases to Wokingham schools, and […]

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Earley news and Wokingham Town Centre

I was out with Councillors in Earley today listening to  views on the doorsteps. The main local issue remains traffic and congestion. I am pursuing this with the Council who remain determined to improve the local road system, increase capacity on main roads, put in by passes and provide alternatives to cars where these are […]

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Visit to Keep Mobile

I met Wokingham Keep Mobile today and was taken to see their office and bus depot. I would like to thank all the volunteers and donors for the work they do. They ensure elderly and others in need of help can get to surgery appointments, to the hospital, to Day Centres and to the shops […]

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