Simple Advice to Reduce Cancer

James Brokenshire has heard how simple steps could help cut cancer as part an awareness raising event in Westminster.  James heard from cancer nurses how early diagnosis can help save lives as he stepped aboard the Cancer Research UK’s Cancer Awareness bus as it made a special stop outside the Houses of Parliament last week.

Sidcup Diamond Jubilee Concert

James Brokenshire joined the Mayor of Bexley and other guests at a special Diamond Jubilee Concert at St John the Evangelist Church, Sidcup on Saturday (23 June 2012).  The Greenwich Concert Band led by its Musical Director Chris Lloyd entertained a packed audience with an evening of stirring and patriotic music. (Photograph courtesy of Roger M Stevens) 

Fuel Duty Freeze

James Brokenshire has said news that fuel duty will be frozen until the end of the year is a welcome boost for motorists, families and businesses coping with tight finances.  Chancellor George Osborne’s announced this week that a 3p increase in duty due to be introduced in August under plans made by the last government would be delayed.

Local Hospitals Could be Run by Administrator

James Brokenshire has said news that the South London Healthcare NHS Trust could be put into administration was a “sad inevitability” but that the move could speed much needed reforms to improve clinical services.  SLHT which runs Queen Mary’s Sidcup, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley has been suffering losses of £1 million a week and posted a deficit of £69.8 million in 2011/12 alone – the largest in England.

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.