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. 

Google workshop to help boost local firms online

James Brokenshire MP will co-host a Google workshop in Sidcup offering local firms free advice and tips from a team of experts on how to make the most of the Internet and grow a business online.  The workshop is part of Google’s drive to help small businesses grow using the Internet and to help business owners harness new ‘e-skills.’

Trade Mission to India

James Brokenshire has led a large homeland security business delegation to Delhi and Hyderabad to strengthen ties between the UK and India.  The focus of the Security Minister’s trade mission was on promoting the UK security industry and furthering business links between the two countries in the security sector. 

EU Referendum

James Brokenshire has strongly endorsed Conservative proposals for a referendum on the UK’s EU membership.  The MP welcomed the commitment made by Prime Minister David Cameron that the next Conservative Manifesto will seek a mandate to negotiate a new settlement with the EU and then give the British people a referendum with a very simple in or out choice – stay in the EU on these new terms or come out altogether.

MPs to discuss hospital plans with Health Secretary

James Brokenshire will join MPs from across South London at a special meeting with the Secretary of State for Health on Monday to consider plans put forward by the special NHS Administrator for changes to local hospital services.  The Old Bexley & Sidcup MP will urge the Health Secretary to adopt plans to secure the future of Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup but voice concerns about the impact of closing Lewisham Hospital’s A&E Department.

Administrator endorses proposals for the future of Queen Mary’s Hospital

James Brokenshire has said that Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup can finally look to the future with confidence as a result of recommendations published this week.  The hospital looks set to be put under new NHS ownership as early as June with clinical services - including a new radiotherapy centre - being provided by a number of NHS organisations including King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trusts. 

New traineeships to give young people the skills they need

James Brokenshire has welcomed new plans to set up a Traineeship programme for young people.  The new programme will provide young people aged 16 to 24 with a tailor-made package of support that will give them the confidence, skills and experience to compete in the labour market with more experienced adults.

Laser Pen Menace to Flights

James Brokenshire has praised the Police in combatting the threat from pilots being dazzled by lights from laser pens being shone at arriving and departing aircraft at Gatwick Airport.