News from Anna Soubry – 18 January 2019

Hello again,Thank you for the many kind emails of support in the run up and then after Tuesday’s historic vote. I spoke in both the Brexit debate and on the motion of no confidence in the Government – you can read both speeches and my take on the political situation below.
With all good wishes, Anna 

Visit to Alderman White 

It was a great pleasure to visit Alderman White School in Bramcote this morning and join the Year 10 and 11 assembly. I answered a wide range of excellent questions. 

I went on to meet leaders from Years 7, 8 and 9 and enjoy biscuits made by the school’s award winning chef, Donna Spiers. My thanks to everyone at Alderman White for the warm welcome. 

Fire and Rescue funding

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service have saved over £13 million in the last 8 years. The Chief Fire Officer John Buckley and Chair of Nottinghamshire Fire Authority Councillor Brian Grocock are campaigning to ensure their current funding levels are maintained. We met today at the Highfields Fire Station on Hassocks Lane and I am happy to support their campaign.

Bramcote’s Town Street to close

I’m told that Town Street in Bramcote is set to close for 7 weeks from February 11th. Nottinghamshire County Council say the closure is needed to fix the crash barriers along devil’s bend. Although the works are necessary, residents and businesses are understandably concerned about the effect of the closure which links Chilwell, Bramcote Village and the A52. 

I have already met the Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Richard Jackson, who has said he will make sure that residents are made fully aware of the road closure and proper signage is in place to divert traffic to Toton Lane. I have also raised my concerns directly with Nottinghamshire County Council. If you have any concerns about how you will be affected please contact my office on 0115 943 6507 and I will help in any way I can.

The week in Parliament 

It has been another eventful week in Parliament, with the Government suffering a historic defeat on its Brexit plan. As promised, I did not vote for the Prime Minister’s “deal”. You can read my speech here.

On Wednesday the Leader of the Opposition put down a motion of no confidence in the Government which I did not support. I hope you will read the speech I gave by clicking here.

I think by now, you know my views on the state of both the Government and Opposition. I greatly fear the Prime Minister’s reaching out to all parties and MPs with opposing views on Brexit, is not as consensus forming as she says. So far Theresa May seems unwilling to compromise at all. At the same time Jeremy Corbyn has very foolishly laid down an unattainable pre-condition before he will meet the Prime Minister. I am bound to say he didn’t have the same approach before meeting various terrorist groups in the past.

I believe we must make progress especially as the clock is ticking down and we look increasingly set to leave without any deal.

Parliament  must now vote on all the available Brexit options. I believe we will only agree to reject a no deal. Like it or not the only way out of this dreadful mess is to return the matter to the people.

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