My Week in Westminster

After the long Easter Weekend - a busy few days ahead in Westminster.  I'll be leading the Government's response on the Protection of Freedom's Bill which rolls back the creeping intrusion of the State which grew under the last Labour Government.  The Bill is currently being considered in committee and we will have two full days of scrutiny on Tuesday and Thursday.

A2 Disruption

The current information I have on the current closure of the A2 and the disruption this is causing through Bexley is as follows:

A New Future for Queen Mary's?

James Brokenshire has given his support to plans to create a 'campus' of healthcare services at Queen Mary's Hospital.

The Longest Game

James Brokenshire has praised an attempt by local students to break the world record for a non-stop five a side football match. The sponsored event has been organised by year 12 pupils from Beths Grammar School in Bexley following the death of a student from a blood clot on the brain.

Elmstead Unit Campaign

James Brokenshire has given his support to a campaign to secure the future of a specialist neurological unit at Queen Mary's Sidcup. The continuing viability of the Elmstead Rehabilitation Unit has been called into question with the forthcoming retirement of the lead consultant and the loss of funding support from the NHS in Bromley and Greenwich.

Coffee with the Cops

James Brokenshire joined senior police officers from Bexley Police to listen to the concerns of residents as part of 'Coffee with the Cops' in Sidcup. The community event was held in Café Nero on the High Street with local people able to ask questions about community safety issues and current priorities for policing.

St Patrick's Day Celebration

To celebrate St Patrick's Day James Brokenshire MP visited the Falconwood Community Centre where the Irish Community Service (ICS) meets. The ICS is a charity that looks after the Irish elderly across three Boroughs, including Bexley, helping with those who are most vulnerable and lonely. It was a fantasist celebration and a great place to spend St Patrick's Day.

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.