Supporting our Armed Forces

James Brokenshire has paid tribute to the commitment and dedication of personnel working in the armed services as he joined local civic and political leaders for a special ceremony to raise the Armed Forces Day Flag outside the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath this morning (25 June).  Armed Forces Day is Saturday 30 June 2012 and is an annual opportunity for the nation to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

Waitrose Petition Push

James Brokenshire is encouraging local residents to ensure their names are added to the ‘We Want Waitrose’ petition as campaigners make a final push for signatures over the next fortnight.  The petition has already gained over 4,000 names as part of the campaign to get Waitrose to commit to opening their new store in Sidcup as soon as possible.

Getting a "First Class" Experience

James Brokenshire MP experienced what’s involved in delivering the post when he joined local postman Gary Talbot on his delivery round Sidcup this morning (22 June). Residents were surprised to see their MP rather than their normal postman delivering their mail. James was the first of a number of local MPs being invited to accompany postmen and women in Kent to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to, in order to deliver the post. 

Clamping down on scrap metal theft

James Brokenshire has said that the Government is pressing ahead with implementing new laws to toughen up the response to metal theft and is examining further proposals to bring the regulation of the scrap metal industry up to date.  James’s comments came during a Parliamentary debate highlighting the impact of metal theft on communities and the steps being taken to prevent the crime from occurring.

“Unique" new facility steps up response to radiological threats

James Brokenshire has said a new state-of-the art forensics laboratory will provide the UK with a “world class” facility to prosecute crimes involving nuclear or radiological material. The new centre which was opened by the Minister for Crime and Security will allow investigators to carry out forensic examinations – such as fingerprinting or DNA testing – on material contaminated by radiation.

Promoting emergency service co-operation to improve response to major incidents

James Brokenshire has praised the commitment and bravery of emergency service responders during a Parliamentary debate promoting more effective joint working between police, fire and ambulance services. James set out a new programme of work to ensure that blue-light services work together effectively in response to major incidents such as fast-moving terrorist scenarios and help save lives.

Change Hospital Ownership to Secure its Future

Old Bexley & Sidcup MP James Brokenshire has called for Queen Mary’s Hospital to be transferred to a different NHS organisation to help secure the hospital’s long-term future.  The MP has written to local NHS Executives calling for the Sidcup hospital to be transferred from the South London Healthcare NHS Trust which currently owns and runs the site to the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust which operates urgent care and other services from Queen Mary’s.

Neighbourhood Watch underlines how simple steps can reduce crime risk

Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association will be raising awareness of simple crime prevention tips in Bexleyheath Broadway this Saturday between 10am and 3pm to encourage people to make their road a Neighbourhood Watch area and help cut crime.  Details of the event - which forms part of Neighbourhood Watch Week - were revealed at the organisation’s annual general meeting at Bexley Council’s Civic Offices on Monday night.

Backing the Next Generation of Entrepreneur’s

James Brokenshire has given his support to the launch of a new scheme to back 18 - 24 year old entrepreneurs with finance and support. The £82.5m programme could potentially start over 30 thousand new businesses, in a move to boost enterprise and economic growth.

Stepping out for a Positive Future

Local MP James Brokenshire gets put through some dance moves as local young people show how they are using dance to develop their skills and help reduce crime as part of the Bexley Positive Futures Programme.