Westminster News

The Week Ahead

As Parliament returns after the Xmas recess, James previews some of his work and events for the forthcoming week.

Calling Time on the ‘Costa Del Crime’

James Brokenshire has praised joint work between the UK and Spain in fighting organised crime during a meeting with the Spanish Security Minister.  

Syria Vote

My thoughts on yesterday's debate on Britain's response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria 

Letting Britain Decide

James Brokenshire has given his backing to an in-out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU before the end of 2017.

Baroness Thatcher Funeral

James Brokenshire has described the funeral of Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven as moving and poignant. 

Rewarding Work by Cutting Tax

James Brokenshire has praised Government action to cut income tax for hard working people and helping take low earners out of tax altogether.  Around 33,346 people in Old Bexley & Sidcup are expected to benefit from the biggest income tax cut in a generation which comes into effect today. 

Improving Border Performance

James Brokenshire has welcomed plans to split the UK Border Agency into two new operational commands saying that the reforms will drive improvements on visa services and the enforcement of immigration cases.  James’s comments came during a phone-in on LBC 97.3FM when he fielded questions from callers about the agency’s current performance.

International Co-operation to Combat Drug Trafficking

Security Minister James Brokenshire has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Peruvian Vice Interior Minister Ivan Vega Loncharich to enhance co-operation in the fight against organised drug trafficking.  The new agreement which was signed earlier today will strengthen joint working between the UK and Peru to combat cross-border drug smuggling.

Improving Prostate Cancer Care

James Brokenshire has given his support to Prostate Cancer UK’s work to raise standards of care provided to men with prostate cancer.  James joined other MPs at a special campaign event in Westminster to hear how a new quality checklist could help improve support and information.