Crackdown on Stolen Mobile Phones

Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire has launched a new code of practice to regulate how mobile phone recycling companies check to see if the phones they buy are stolen.  The code will see mobile phone recycling companies check the details of every phone they are offered against a national database, which lists mobile phones that have been blocked, stolen or voluntarily registered.

Brokenshire visits Rothbury

Home Office minister James Brokenshire has shown his support to the town devastated by the actions of Raoul Moat.

Age Concern Bexley

Age Concern Bexley does an extraordinary amount of good work for older people living in the Borough.  So much of this work relies on the support of volunteers - as I discovered when I popped into the 'Pop in Parlour' in Bellegrove Road, Welling.

Deaf Awareness Week

To mark Deaf Awareness Week (28 June - 4 July 2010), James Brokenshire MP is supporting leading charities and calling on his constituents to help remove communication barriers faced by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Brokenshire announces NRG-1 to be Class B Drug

Naphyrone - often advertised as 'NRG1' - and its related compounds are to be banned and made Class B drugs, Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire announced today.

Plas Meddyg Surgery

I was delighted to be invited to open the new extension to the Plas Meddyg GP surgery in Bexley Village.  The practice now has three additional consulting rooms to support the work of Dr Sykes and the rest of the healthcare team.  I hope it will help the practice to continue to broaden the range of community healthcare services for residents living in Bexley Village.

APOH suspended

The Chief Executive of the NHS in London has confirmed to Old Bexley & Sidcup MP James Brokenshire that the controversial ‘A Picture of Health' plans for hospital care in Outer South East London have been put on hold pending a formal re-examination. In a letter to the MP, Ruth Carnall revealed that Simon Robbins - the Chief Executive of Bromley PCT and the South East London Sector NHS Chief Executive - had been appointed to lead the review into proposed changes to hospital services at Queen Mary's Sidcup, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Royal University hospitals.

Brokenshire warns festivals over 'legal highs'

James Brokenshire has asked organisers of summer music festivals to warn people about the dangers of so-called 'legal highs'.  The Minister for Crime Prevention has written to the organisers of the Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, as well as other popular music festivals, asking them to be aware of the dangers of drugs that are known as 'legal' or 'herbal' highs.

GPs critical in deciding future of local hospital services

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire has launched a series of meetings with local GPs to assess their views on proposed changes to local hospital services. The local MP held two separate meetings with local doctors in Sidcup and Bexley on Thursday and Friday with more sessions planned in the next few weeks. The meetings with General Practitioners come in the wake of new Government criteria by which proposals to change hospital services are to be assessed. These make clear that support from GP commissioners will be essential.

Carers Week

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP, James Brokenshire, has teamed up with GMTV news reporter and presenter John Stapleton to support this year's Carers Week (14 - 20 June) and celebrate the contribution made by people in Old Bexley and Sidcup, and throughout the UK, who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.