Rail Minister Presses for Improvements on Southeastern

James Brokenshire has welcomed comments by Rail Minister Theresa Villiers that Southeastern Trains should be more responsive to its customers and improve performance on local rail services. Ms Villiers comments came during a Parliamentary debate secured by Bexleyheath & Crayford MP David Evennett on current poor performance on local train services.

Control Orders Extension Necessary

James Brokenshire has told the House of Commons that the current control order regime needs to be extended until the end of this year pending the introduction of a new more focussed regime for preventing terrorist activities.

New streamlined approach to anti-social behaviour

Councils, police and other local agencies will be forced to support victims of persistent anti-social behaviour (ASB) as part of plans to give them better tools and powers outlined by Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire.

Get train performance 'back on track'

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that the performance of train services running into Kent is to be the subject of a formal review. Commuters have raised significant concerns in recent weeks about the punctuality and performance of Southeastern services and the quality of information provided when trains are disrupted.

Protection from On-line Threats

James Brokenshire has announced that the UK will support a new EU Directive to combat attacks on computer systems from hackers and other online criminals.

New Direction for Hospital Changes Urged

James Brokenshire has urged the Health Secretary not to pursue the much criticised 'A Picture of Health' plans for local hospital reorganisation and instead partner local hospitals in South East London with key Central London teaching hospitals.

New Controls on Cheap Alcohol

Retailers will be banned from selling alcohol below the rate of duty + VAT under new plans announced by Home Office Minister James Brokenshire.

Hospital Standards Criticised

The Care Quality Commission has published critical reports on the hospitals managed by the South London Healthcare Trust calling for urgent improvements. The CQC identified breaches in regulations covering staffing levels, safeguarding, standards of care, the management of medicines, record-keeping and systems to assess standards of care.