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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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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Summer born children starting school – a reply from the minister

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Earlier this year I wrote in support of a Chatteris mum in her bid to change Cambridgeshire County Council’s school admissions policy, so that summer born children could attend school the following year to better reflect their growth and in line with recent educational research. My constituent had contacted me to raise this issue of …

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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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The outcome of the “Tampon Tax” debate

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I’d like to thank all those who have taken the time to contact me, via email and Twitter, to share their views on the “tampon tax”. I would like to clear up some misinformation about the outcome of last Monday’s vote on the removing of VAT from sanitary products, or the “tampon tax”. Under Labour, …

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Wisbech Cricket and Hockey Club: An Update

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Following on from my visit to Wisbech Cricket and Hockey Club to discuss plans for a new clubhouse and changing rooms, last week I met with Hannah Murphy, the national representative for the England Cricket Board (ECB), in the Houses of Parliament. Last Friday afternoon, Jenny Lambert, the ECB representative for the Cambridgeshire area had …

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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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Civil Servant Accountability to Parliament: Time for Change?

 Civil servants are accountable to their Minister but are not directly accountable to Parliament.   Ministers rightly account to Parliament for their policy. Only Accounting Officers, usually the Permanent Secretary, have direct accountability to Parliament for the value for money spent by departments. In the case of the Dept for Health for example, this makes just …

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First Friday with Steve Barclay

One of the aims of this Government is to have greater transparency on information so the public are better able to have their say.  A great new tool is the National Crime Maps which has received 45 million visits so far.  Visit www.police.uk and type in your postcode to find out more. Also on law …

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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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