The Coalition Government's First Year

Economic renewal and putting the public finances back on track has been the rightful priority for the Coalition Government in its first year. Twelve months ago dark clouds were gathering over Britain's economic position as confidence ebbed away from the Labour Government and their battered financial credibility.

New Responsibilities

The Home Secretary has announced that James Brokenshire will take over responsibility for security and counter-terrorism in the Home Office.  James's new brief will include security for the London Olympic Games.

James Brokenshire launches new website

Thank you for your support at the last election. Because of you, David Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister in 13 years and the Government’s plans to build a strong economy and a big society are in full swing. Now, to help us communicate with you, we've launched this new local website.

Safeguarding Children

James Brokenshire has said that the UK's ability to protect children from harm will be further strengthened when the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) becomes part of the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Boris in Bexley

Another busy week ahead with one of the highlights being a visit by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, to Bexley.  At Westminster I will be responding to questions on a number of Home Office topics during questions on Monday afternoon.

Bexley says No to AV

Voters in Bexley have rejected change to the voting system for MPs by a majority of more than 3 to 1. The local result in Thursday's Referendum on the 'Alternative Vote' saw 48,630 Bexley residents voting 'No' with only 14,929 voting 'Yes' - in percentage terms 76.5% 'No' to 23.5% 'Yes'. The turnout was 37.5%.

Promoting Responsible Drinking

Pupils at the Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School had a powerful lesson this Thursday, when they witnessed the reality of alcohol misuse dramatically played-out on-stage. James Brokenshire joined around 200 in Year 7 students to watch performance of 'Smashed', a theatre education programme which teaches young people about responsible drinking.

AV Referendum Update

My strong sense from talking to people over the last few weeks is that the 'No to AV' campaign is gaining momentum here in Bexley. So many people have told me that they are content with our current 'first past the post' system and at a time of financial crisis, now is not the time to be tinkering around with how we vote.