News

Rail Reliability Questioned

James Brokenshire has written to the Transport Secretary to ask what assessment he has made of Southeastern Trains performance after numerous complaints from commuters over continued reliability issues.  Train services from Bexley were badly affected during the recent snow and serious complaints were made about poor communication and co-ordination at that time.

Extra Time for Royal Wedding Celebrations

James Brokenshire has announced proposals to allow pubs, clubs, bars and other licensed premises to stay open until 1am to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  The extended hours on Friday 29 April and Saturday 30 April 2011 would allow many premises to open an extra two hours and put on live music and other forms of entertainment if they choose to mark the special occasion.

Drug Driving Testing

Police forces are a step closer to having equipment to test motorists suspected of drug driving, Home Office Minister James Brokenshire announced today. The Home Office has produced the specification for a new police station-based drug screening device. The document sets out what the device will do and the standards it must meet.

Tackling Anti-social Behaviour

Trials of a new approach for handling complaints of antisocial behaviour were unveiled today by crime prevention minister James Brokenshire.  Eight police force areas will change the way they respond to calls, using a new system to log complaints and improving the use of IT to share information.

City Airport Debate

The transcript and video of my recent adjournment debate on the impact of increased flights from London City Airport can be found by following the link set out below.

Powers to Stop Gang Violence

'Gang injunctions' can be used by police and local authorities from next month, James Brokenshire has announced.  The court orders are designed to break down gang culture by imposing prohibitions and requirements.

NHS London Recommendation "Predictable"

James Brokenshire has said that a report to the Board of NHS London recommending that the 'A Picture of Health' plans for local hospitals satisfied new Government tests was "utterly predictable".  But the MP underlined that this was far from the end of the line for Queen Mary's Hospital.

Volunteering for a Pay Cut?

Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles is never one to mince his words.  He recently berated the size of salaries of senior town hall chiefs.

Recovery from Addiction

James Brokenshire has unveiled the Government's ambitious new drug strategy with an uncompromising drive to crack down on those involved in the drugs trade, at the same time as revolutionising treatment services to offer recovery as a route out of dependency.

Health Secretary Visits Queen Mary's

James Brokenshire joined Health Secretary Andrew Lansley during a private visit to Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup.  Mr Lansley spoke to staff and local health managers as the future of the hospital remains to be decided.  Accident & Emergency services at the hospital have now been closed on a 'temporary' basis due to safety concerns and maternity services are due to be withdrawn on 13 December.