Wimblington Green Dog Walkers

Dog walkers Wimblington

Last week, Wimblington Parish Council launched the nationally recognised Green Dog Walkers scheme at the Fun Dog Show to take the ‘lead’ on dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership. This is a great initiative and one that I would encourage more Fenland towns and villages to take up. Dog owners can sign up to …

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A Q&A with Pupils at Cromwell Community College

Cromwell College Chatteris 2

It was a great pleasure to visit Cromwell Community College in Chatteris today for a Q&A with Sixth Form pupils about my role as an MP. The pupils showed a lively interest in politics and current affairs with question topics ranging from Brexit, the NHS, Russia, School lunches and party politics.

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New Advanced Maths Premium can open more doors for young people

Schools will receive £600 for every additional pupil who takes an advanced maths qualification, helping to ensure Britain has skills for success in the future.  The new fund will help schools and colleges increase the number of students studying maths after GCSE. From September 2018, schools and colleges will receive an extra £600 premium for each …

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Helping support our Armed Forces when they leave the military

Military veterans are to be offered a £40,000 support package to retrain as teachers. The grant will be available from September for anyone who has left the army, air force or navy in the past five years and wants to teach biology, chemistry, computing, maths or modern languages – subjects with teacher shortages. Our ex-servicemen …

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Opportunity Area programme will strengthen the support for children and young people with mental health concerns and those with Special Educational Needs

Many schools and parents alike have raised with me their concerns about the support that is available for children and young people with mental health issues and those with Special Educational Needs. I therefore welcome the announcement made by the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area that they will launch a local programme targeted at reducing …

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JS Holmes Launch the new Nissan Leaf

Alex Holmes and Steve Barclay MP at JS Holmes Launch of the new Leaf electric car 2

I had the pleasure of visiting JS Holmes (Wisbech St Mary) ahead of the launch of the new Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is the first second generation of electric cars. I was really impressed that the range of the Leaf has now been extended to 150 – 170 miles. I will again be writing to Fenland District Council and …

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£1.5 Million of Funding for Children’s Running Blades

Running blades

In the past, children who have lost a limb often found it difficult to live a full and active lifestyle because prosthetic limbs were inadequate. New running blades use next-gen technology to mimick the natural movement process, greatly improving amputees quality of life. As a Health Minister, I was delighted to be able to help …

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Funding Agreement for Gorefield Primary School

Gorefield school logo

I received correspondence from the Department of Education this week to inform me that a Funding Agreement has been made to allow Gorefield Primary School to become a sponsored academy with Godmanchester Community Education Trust. Academies form an integral part of the Government’s education policy to raise attainment for all children and to bring about …

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Ground-breaking new measures to improve patient safety in the NHS – part of making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world

- New research commissioned by the Department for Health and Social Care shows that medication errors may cause around 1,700 deaths a year in the NHS, and could even contribute to up to 22,000 deaths each year. – To combat this, we are introducing ground breaking new safety measures. These include new systems linking prescribing …

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