Requesting a National Audit Office investigation into the LEP following new conflict of interests concerns

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I have written in my capacity as the Member of Parliament for North East Cambridgeshire to the Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office, Sir Amyas Morse, asking for an investigation to be launched into the governance of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Cambridge City Deal. I …

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Video: Cambs MPs’ Campaign for Better School Funding achieves country’s biggest increase

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Video: Click here to see Steve’s reaction to the announcement ) The Government has announced that per pupil funding in Cambridgeshire will increase by 7%, marking the biggest increase for any county after intense lobbying from Cambridgeshire MPs, schools, and parents. There is no issue on which I have lobbied more strongly over the last …

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Encouraging Local GP Surgeries to apply to £50m fund for improved access to Patient Services

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I am urging GP surgeries in North Cambridgeshire to apply for a share of NHS England’s £50m ‘Challenge Fund’ which has been set aside to pilot extended opening hours and improved access to medical appointments. The NHS England Challenge fund will see at least one pilot scheme set up in each region to promote better …

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BBC World at One: Discussing the PAC’s report on the Universal Credit programme

The Public Accounts Committee of which I am a member published a report highlighting ongoing challenges for the project management of the Department for Work and Pensions’ programme to merge working age benefits into a single Universal Credit payment. I was interviewed about the committee’s findings and the way in which our conclusions were reached …

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Who Regulates the Regulators?

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When the disgraced Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Cynthia Bower, resigned last year with a gold plated pension pot of £1.35million, she received glowing tributes from top Department of Health officials.  She even went on to join the board of the Skills for Health, lecturing other countries on how to deliver quality …

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