World's Biggest Coffee Morning

James Brokenshire has given his backing to Macmillan Cancer Support's annual fundraising event - 'The World's Biggest Coffee Morning'.  The MP attended local events at the Macmillan Cancer Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and at Baltimore Place, East Wickham.

Cleeve Park School Awards Ceremony

James attended the Cleeve Park School Awards ceremony and gave out certificates and achievement awards to mark the success of pupils over the last year.

Statement on Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup

James Brokenshire has issued the following statement in response to today's announcement by the South London Healthcare (NHS) Trust that accident & emergency and maternity services at Queen Mary's Hospital will be closed before Christmas on a ‘temporary' basis for clinical safety reasons.

Flower Festival

James Brokenshire joined the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Val Clark at the opening of the St John's Sidcup Flower Festival on Friday. Proceeds from the event will raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children as well as St John's Church.  The festival runs throughout the weekend and concludes on Sunday with a special Choral Evensong at 5.30pm where James will read one of the lessons.

Serving the Community

James Brokenshire congratulated 180 young volunteers for their service to patients at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup at a special event on Friday.  The 'Vibe' Project which is run by the charity CSV in partnership with South London Healthcare NHS Trust and provides young people aged between 16-25 with the opportunity to volunteer at the hospital. 

Coca Cola Visit

Whilst I'm no great fan of the overburdening reach of red tape and health and safety regulations, when it comes to food hygiene I know it's essential to set high standards.  So as part of a recent visit to Coca Cola Enterprise's bottling and canning factory in Sidcup, I had no hesitation in making sure that I was suitably attired.

Combating Youth Violence in Greater London

James Brokenshire has underlined the Government's commitment to tackling serious youth violence during a Commons debate.  The Home Office Minister said that violent crime remained a stubborn feature of our society and that a range of measures were required.

APOH Review Update

James Brokenshire has been told that the review of 'A Picture of Health' (APOH) is now to be led by an external body. NHS London has revealed that the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) is to be appointed to conduct the re-assessment of local hospital reorganisation plans affecting services at Queen Mary's Sidcup, Princess Royal University Hospital Bromley and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich.

Lark in the Park's Flying Visit

One of the Metropolitan Police's helicopters paid a flying visit to Sidcup as the highlight of this year's 'Lark in the Park'. Traffic on The Green was brought to a halt on Saturday lunchtime as the 'Eurocopter' came into land for a special visit to the community event at Sidcup Place.