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


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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Unacceptable hike in Stagecoach fares

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Over the past couple of weeks, Henry Bellingham MP for North West Norfolk and I have both received numerous complaints from constituents about the sudden rise in Stagecoach bus fares. A hike in fares at the end of March has seen weekly bus passes go up in price by nearly 50%, this places an enormous …

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My response to the budget 2016

I listened today to George Osborne’s budget 2016 speech and wanted to provide an update for those who did not have the opportunity to catch it. For those of you with an interest in parliamentary proceedings, the budget will continue to be debated tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday. Whilst the topic of debate tomorrow will be …

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Relief for motorists in Whittlesey as Kings Dyke rail crossing is given the go ahead by planning

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Motorists in Fenland will see journey times reduced following the great news that the long awaited scheme to ease the congestion at Kings Dyke rail crossing has been given the go ahead by the Planning Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council. I have repeatedly campaigned with local Whittlesey Councillors, including Martin Curtis when he was Leader …

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Fairer school funding boost for Cambridgeshire Schools – Have your say!

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The Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan MP has announced historic reforms in Parliament this week that will bring an end to the unfairness in the school funding system which has impacted our local schools in Cambridgeshire in particular. Cambridgeshire MPs have worked together with head teachers, governors and parents to lobby Ministers repeatedly …

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March Boxing Club continues to be a big hit

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A year on, and the after school club run by March Amateur Boxing Club at Neale-Wade Academy continues to be roaring success. Back in September 2014, March Boxing Club approached me to discuss how we could better support the club and promote the fitness benefits of boxing training to a wider audience. The result of …

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Local Victory as Minister Orders a Road Sign for Thorney Toll Village Hall.

Roads Minister, Mike Penning MP, has confirmed today that a new sign will be installed on the A47 next to Thorney Toll Village Hall. I am delighted to report the good news, which arrived today in a letter from the Minister (included at the base of this post). The letter confirms that the Highways Agency have been instructed to install the …

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Minister says once is enough as CRB checks set to change

Costly duplicate Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks which cause delay and waste money for local firms are set to be streamlined, following assurances from the Minister for Children and Families.  Given the close proximity of the Norfolk and Lincolnshire borders around Wisbech, and the different regimes for Whittlesey residents working in Peterborough, businesses often find …

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First Friday with Steve Barclay

Some weeks feel like little progress is being made, and then a number of announcements come all at once.  Royal Mail confirmed the Chatteris sorting office will remain open for the foreseeable future, announcing a U-turn from their previous plans.  Thanks go to all the residents who signed the petition, Chatteris Town Council and the …

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March internet business to double its workforce

A fast-expanding local web publishing company in March is to double its workforce by recruiting another 15 staff. The Construction Index was only established five years ago, but has become the most popular website for the UK construction industry. The March-based web service provides news, data, jobs and product information, and so far has attracted …

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