Sidcup Political Discussion

James Brokenshire joined local Conservatives and visiting MPs at a half day political conference to debate current policy priorities.

Tightening Immigration Controls

James Brokenshire has welcomed news that the Government is to introduce additional measures to clamp down on the abuse of public services by people from overseas. 

Improved B12 Bus Service

James Brokenshire has welcomed confirmation that Sunday services to Joydens Wood on the B12 bus will start this weekend. Transport for London has said that the extended service will commence after "overwhelming" support from a recent public consultation.

Darts Win Title

James Brokenshire has congratulated the 1st XV of Dartfordians RFC for winning the Shepherd Neame 1 Kent League.

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.

Baroness Thatcher Funeral

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

Digital Skills Training to Boost Job Prospects

James Brokenshire has praised local IT training in helping to transform people’s opportunities to find work and get on.  During a visit to Exchange Group’s training centre at Welling Library, James heard how job-seekers’ prospects of securing work were being strengthened through digital skills courses on using computers and the internet.

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.