Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

South East Transport Strategy

I attended the Parliamentary launch today of Transport for the South East’s strategy. I stressed to them the road improvements we need on the recently identified strategic local networks, where they now have a role in progressing or lobbying for schemes. They said their immediate priority was to get the government to back a third […]

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Wokingham Council Local Live Day for Children & Young People with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

The event will take place on Saturday 12 October at St Crispin’s Leisure Centre between 11:00am & 3:00pm. It is designed for children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers. It will showcase the support, activities and services available throughout the Borough and how to access them. It is also open to […]

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Noise from planes

On Monday during the Manchester conference I  talked again to the management of Heathrow airport concerning aviation noise over the Wokingham constituency. They told me of the progress they are making with encouraging quieter jets and better flying techniques and operating practices to try to control noise, in line with suggestions I have advanced before […]

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Beenham Wind Orchestra sounds great after 20 years

The 20th anniversary concert by the Beenham Wind Orchestra last night was tremendous entertainment. From the first bars of Sparke’s Yorkshire Overture to the final chords of John Williams the orchestra sustained a great sound and showed their enthusiasm for the music they make. The Suite of English folk songs was particularly fine, with the […]

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Citizens Advice Bureau anniversary

Today I attended the visit by HRH the Princess Royal to Wokingham CAB offices and to the Borough Council. The Princess Royal thanked the volunteers and staff of the CAB for all their excellent service over the years and talked a little about the 80th anniversary of the national CAB. The CAB introduced her to […]

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Information for Thomas Cook customers and staff

I have received this letter from the Secretary of State for Transport: Dear John The Thomas Cook Group has confirmed to my Department that it has ceased trading and been placed into compulsory liquidation. I am writing to set out the steps the Government is taking to support passengers and staff affected, and where your […]

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Run the trains on time

 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced  changes to the way that train delays are recorded, benefiting consumers by making it easier to hold train companies serving Wokingham and West Berkshire  to account. Under the old system, trains are considered delayed if they are 5 or 10 minutes late. This will now change to measuring punctuality […]

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Pension flexibility for NHS Clinicians

I have received the enclosed update from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care about pension flexibility for NHS Clinicians: Dear John PENSION FLEXIBILITY FOR NHS CLINICIANS I’m writing to update you on the urgent steps that the Government is taking to resolve the pension tax issue that is affecting delivery of frontline […]

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Loan Charge Review Announced

Following representations by many MPs including myself on behalf of constituents, the government has announced a further review of the loan charge. I am reproducing today the letter I have been sent with all the details. As you will see the Treasury say the approach they have adopted towards the loan charge still stays in […]

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Parliamentary office

Parliament is not in session but my Parliamentary office will be working as usual Mondays to Fridays. I continue with all my Parliamentary duties minus Parliamentary debates and votes, both in the London office and at home in the constituency.

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