Cutting Crimes Against Business

James Brokenshire has underlined the importance of tackling crimes against business and how Government reforms will support this work in a speech to representatives from the retail industry.

World Mental Health Day

James Brokenshire has given his support to local efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues as part of World Mental Health Day on 10 October. The MP spoke to health professionals and support workers at a special stall on the Broadway in Bexleyheath about community services to support local mental health needs in Bexley.

Harsh Consequences for Drugs Smugglers

James Brokenshire has warned of the severe consequnces of smuggling drugs during a visit to Sarita Colonia jail in Peru. The Minister for Crime Prevention spoke with UK citizens convicted for drugs offences about their experiences and saw for himself the harsh conditions in the prison. They included one prisoner who is serving six years and eight months for trafficking cocaine.

Royal Navy Praise

James Brokenshire has praised the work of the Royal Navy in stopping illegal drugs reaching the UK during a visit to HMS Portland in Lima.  Speaking to the crew of the frigate the Minister for Crime Prevention thanked the crew for their service and professionalism as the vessel commenced work on anti-narcotics patrols in the Carribean. 

Defer QMH Decision

James Brokenshire has called on local hospital chiefs to defer any decision on the ‘temporary' closures of A&E and maternity services at Queen Mary's Sidcup until an independent safety audit has reported.

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.