Hope Community School to become Bexley’s first Free School

James Brokenshire has warmly welcomed the news that Bexley’s first “free school” will open next year.  The Hope Community School has been given the green light by the Department for Education to accept Primary School pupils from September. Hope Community School will serve the Sidcup/Foots Cray area from the site of the old Harenc School site.

James Brokenshire MP takes five to help researchers kill cancer

James Brokenshire has become a ‘citizen scientist’ to help Cancer Research UK fight cancer.  James took five minutes out to take a turn on the new Cell SliderTM website, which could help the charity to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Making CCTV Systems More Effective

James Brokenshire has underlined the potential benefits of the use of CCTV systems to combat crime in local communities.   The Minister’s comments came as the Government published a new code of practice to encourage more effective use of surveillance camera systems and to ensure they are proportionate and more focused on aiding the fight against crime.

Remembering the Holocaust

James Brokenshire MP has signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.

Supporting Same Sex Marriage

James Brokenshire has said that he will be supporting measures to introduce same sex marriage when the legislation is considered in Parliament this week. Whilst recognising the legitimate views of those who oppose the change, James believes that the proposals will strengthen rather than weaken the institution of marriage.

Queen Mary’s Hospital Plans Confirmed

James Brokenshire has welcomed the announcement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to give the green light to plans to secure the future of Queen Mary’s Hospital.  Under the proposals Queen Mary’s would be put under new NHS ownership with clinical services - including a new radiotherapy centre - being provided by a number of NHS organisations.

Combating Aggressive Bailiffs

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that the law will be changed to give vulnerable people stronger protection from aggressive bailiffs.  Under new legislation to clean up the industry safeguards will prevent bailiffs from using force against people who owe money and they will also no longer have free reign to fix their own fees, as new set costs are brought in. 

Showing Respect for Shopworkers

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire has joined staff at The Co-operative Food store on Station Road, Sidcup, to back a campaign calling on shoppers to show respect for retail workers.

NHS Administrator Backs Plans For Queen Mary's Future

James Brokenshire has said that recommendations on local hospital services announced today provide firm foundations for the future of Queen Mary's Hospital and a way forward for hospitals in South East London after huge debt problems had started to question their viability.  James Brokenshire spoke to Matthew Kershaw - the Trust Special Administrator - late last night on his proposals for the South London Healthcare Trust and broader NHS services.