Hello again, Thankfully the weather is set to be fair for a host of events in the constituency this weekend. Next Saturday sees the conclusion of Armed Forces week with a Freedom Parade in Beeston of the Royal Engineers based at Chetwynd Barracks. I am sure the streets will be full to pay tribute to the work and sacrifice of our locally based soldiers and their families. I advise you to come along well before the parade begins at 11am. The week’s activities start on Monday when the flag marking Armed Forces week, will be raised in Beeston Square at 11am.
Whatever your plans, have a lovely weekend.
As ever, Anna
I had a meeting this afternoon with representatives from Capita who carry out assessments for PIP benefits. The meeting was very helpful although I still have a number of concerns, most notably whether those being assessed for PIP should have to go Derby when there’s an assessment centre in Nottingham! I have also asked for more information on the number of complaints and successful appeals and will keep you updated.
Today’s HS2 meeting in Trowell ends this evening at 8pm. I went along this afternoon and I know there has been a good turn out. HS2 is providing more details of its new proposed route through the village. They have abandoned plans for a 60 foot viaduct, now proffering a cutting alongside the M1. This would mean the demolition of 20 more homes. I am campaigning for a tunnel to deliver the route through Broxtowe, including the East Midlands Hub at Toton Sidings.
My work in Parliament
160,000 members of the Conservative Party will now decide who will succeed Theresa May as our Prime Minister. The choice as you know is between Boris Johnson the former Foreign Secretary and Jeremy Hunt who replaced him. The winner will be announced just before Parliament breaks for the summer and it’s universally agreed Boris Johnson is set to be our next Prime Minister.
Johnson has promised we will leave the EU on October 31st. In order to keep his promise we will have to crash out without a deal and in order to effect that, he will have to keep Parliament out of the process.
I accept that most people are fed up with Brexit and I am particularly concerned that the continued uncertainty is very bad for business. My view is that we should revoke Article 50 (the mechanism by which we are set to leave the EU and which I voted to “trigger”) if the choice of October 31st is leaving without a deal. A “no deal” Brexit is not what people voted for, indeed we were promised we would not leave the EU without a deal.
It certainly would be a “disaster” for British business in addition to causing a crisis in the NHS as we are not prepared for the adverse effect on the supply of medicines and other vital supplies.
Revoking Article 50 would stop the Brexit process – in my view we should then move to a second referendum with Remain and the Government’s withdrawal agreement on the ballot paper.
Whatever the outcome that would be the end of the matter!
The immediate concern is that the next prime Minister could force a “no deal” Brexit by refusing to let Parliament sit in October. I asked the Prime Minister to introduce legislation to ensure we do sit. The day after I asked my question it was announced Parliament will return on September 3rd.
Read my question to the Prime Minister here or watch it here.