The questions Lord Turner’s report on RBS raises for Parliament

 The collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) raises a key issue: why have none of its directors faced a regulatory fine for their failures? For the taxpayer, the consequence of the bank’s collapse is stark – our current loss is over £25 billion with more than £45 billion of capital invested.  That pays for …

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BBC boss admits manager is paid around £1 million a year, but still refuses to reveal pensions contribution which may push his pay beyond £1 million

 In a blog post on 21st November, I wrote about the level of remuneration received by BBC executives at a time of proposed 20% cuts in local BBC radio.   Today the boss of the BBC, Mark Thompson, has finally confirmed that the figures I quoted in respect of the remuneration of John Smith, CEO of …

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Fens drier than Jerusalem – even rain now unlikely to stop drought

There has been less rainfall in the East of England over the last 12 months than Jerusalem, with drought conditions officially still in place and warnings of worst to come from the Environment Agency.  With reservoirs at record low levels and long term weather forecasts predicting below average winter rainfall, the Government needs to urgently …

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Benwick Dickensian Christmas Market Opened

Bright winter sunshine and the sound of pipes from the Peterborough Highland Band greeted visitors to the Dickensian Christmas Market in Benwick on Saturday, which I had the honour of officially opening for the second year running. The event is run by The Benwick Residents Association and was a great success.  The market was first …

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Two road signs estimated to cost £30,000

Two road signs, to warn motorists of the hidden entrance to Thorney Toll Village Hall would cost £30,000 according to the Highways Agency. I have recently been calling for greater safety measures on the A47, following meetings with residents.  As a result the safety camera was re-activated, and I wrote to the Highways Agency asking …

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Probation Service Chief commits to keeping staff in Wisbech

Concerns for the future of Fenland probation staff based in Wisbech look to have been put to rest, after assurances I have received from Probation Service Cambridgeshire Chief Executive John Budd at a meeting at the House of Commons. The closure of Wisbech Magistrates Court raised doubts that the 16 staff in Wisbech might be …

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Kingsfield Pre-School opens following £47,000 investment

I recently opened Kingsfield Pre-School after it received a £47,000 investment from the Rural Development Programme for England. The purpose built facility in Chatteris will now provide childcare for 56 children, offering a popular all day option which supports parents who wish to go back to work. I am delighted to open this new facility.  …

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Hard Pressed Rail Users left out of pocket with 44 different types of ticket from March to London

Rail users are being left out of pocket due to the complexity to the ticketing scheme used. Research I have done recently in conjunction with passenger focus has revealed that there are 44 different fares on the single route between March and London, with prices ranging from £8 to £264.90. This dizzying array of fares, …

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Should the country’s top taxman keep his job?

Yesterday’s select committee did not start well – our country’s top tax official, Mr Hartnett, was accused of lying to Parliament by the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (Labour MP Margaret Hodge).  Earlier a member of the Treasury Select Committee (Conservative MP Jesse Norman) had called for him to resign.  This was not a …

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Chatteris Royal British Legion Visit Parliament

This week it was a real pleasure to welcome the Chatteris Royal British Legion to Parliament.  I was once again able to put on my tour guide hat to offer them an insight into what is both an amazing building and a very busy workplace. I would like to thank all of those that came, …

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