Boris in Bexley

Another busy week ahead with one of the highlights being a visit by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, to Bexley.  At Westminster I will be responding to questions on a number of Home Office topics during questions on Monday afternoon.

Bexley says No to AV

Voters in Bexley have rejected change to the voting system for MPs by a majority of more than 3 to 1. The local result in Thursday's Referendum on the 'Alternative Vote' saw 48,630 Bexley residents voting 'No' with only 14,929 voting 'Yes' - in percentage terms 76.5% 'No' to 23.5% 'Yes'. The turnout was 37.5%.

Promoting Responsible Drinking

Pupils at the Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School had a powerful lesson this Thursday, when they witnessed the reality of alcohol misuse dramatically played-out on-stage. James Brokenshire joined around 200 in Year 7 students to watch performance of 'Smashed', a theatre education programme which teaches young people about responsible drinking.

AV Referendum Update

My strong sense from talking to people over the last few weeks is that the 'No to AV' campaign is gaining momentum here in Bexley. So many people have told me that they are content with our current 'first past the post' system and at a time of financial crisis, now is not the time to be tinkering around with how we vote.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Had a fantastic day joining in the celebrations for the Royal Wedding at a special event in Bexley Village.  Watched the coverage of the service from Westminster Abbey and all of the build-up on a big screen in the Freemantle Hall in the Village.  It certainly added to the enjoyment of the occasion to be able to share the spirit of the day with others.

Anti-social behaviour activists meet minister

People with experience of standing up to anti-social behaviour on their street shared their views on how to deal with the problem at a special roundtable meeting with James Brokenshire.  Among those who attended the central London meeting were Maureen Tennison, Asher Nardone and Norman Rochester who have all made a stand against trouble in their neighbourhood.

My Week in Westminster

After the long Easter Weekend - a busy few days ahead in Westminster.  I'll be leading the Government's response on the Protection of Freedom's Bill which rolls back the creeping intrusion of the State which grew under the last Labour Government.  The Bill is currently being considered in committee and we will have two full days of scrutiny on Tuesday and Thursday.

A2 Disruption

The current information I have on the current closure of the A2 and the disruption this is causing through Bexley is as follows:

A New Future for Queen Mary's?

James Brokenshire has given his support to plans to create a 'campus' of healthcare services at Queen Mary's Hospital.

The Longest Game

James Brokenshire has praised an attempt by local students to break the world record for a non-stop five a side football match. The sponsored event has been organised by year 12 pupils from Beths Grammar School in Bexley following the death of a student from a blood clot on the brain.