Four grants worth three quarters of a million pounds made to the organisation whose Chairman sat on the board awarding the grants and employed its Chief Executive


John Bridge, the Chairman of Opportunity Peterborough (until March this year), is a board member of the funding body – the Cambridgeshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – that made four separate grants to Opportunity Peterborough worth three quarters of a million pounds.  So he is a member of the LEP Board which awarded four grants …

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Whistleblower reveals £359,000 of station improvement money has been handed over to Network Rail consultants for report writing – without a single Fenland station improvement being carried out

Manea train station

A whistleblower has privately disclosed to me that a local funding body allocated £359,000 of Government funding for Fenland station improvements is blowing the lot on endless report writing, without any construction work being done with this funding.  It is the equivalent of paying a £30,000 a year rail consultant for almost 12 years to …

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Festival of the 40′s


After the enormous success of last year’s event, it was fantastic to see the Festival of the Forties World War 2 show return to March. The weekend proved to be a real treat for visitors and locals alike, who got to experience everything from karaoke of the 1940′s, to military vehicle parades, and even firing and …

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Sterling and Sensibility

10 pound note

As Economic Secretary, it was great to stop by the Bank of England this week to take a look at the new £10 note. The new note will be cleaner, safer, and stronger for the British public. Also, it is fantastic to see iconic British women, such as Jane Austen, being celebrated for their tremendous …

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‘Read to Succeed’ Campaign close to reaching target

20170619 Read to Succeed Update

Following the enormous success of Read to Succeed last year, which delivered over 1,500 new books to children throughout North East Cambridgeshire and oversaw a 16% increase in children taking part in The Summer Reading Challenge at their local library, I am pleased to announce that we are now very close to reaching this year’s …

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Appointment as Economic Secretary to HM Treasury

HM Treasury City Minister appointment

I am delighted to be appointed as Economic Secretary to HM Treasury. Financial services employs 1 million people in the UK and accounts for over £71 billion in tax to fund public services. It is crucial to jobs, businesses and our country’s prosperity. I look forward to speaking up for the sector in Parliament and …

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Funding for ACES not to be reduced

CCG response 24.3.17-page-001

A number of constituents recently contacted me regarding fears that the Anglia Community Eye Service (ACES), Wisbech is to receive a reduction of funding. I would therefore like to share with constituents a reassuring letter I have recently received from Tracy Dowling, Chief Officer of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical commissioning group, confirming that there will …

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Bright future for March boxer

Steve Barclay MP and Regan Lazenby 2

I recently visited March ABC Boxing club to meet 17 year old Regan Lazenby and wish him luck for his selection trial in Birmingham for the England team. After a quick spar with the middleweight boxer Regan informed me of his long term goal to represent England at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and I look …

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