Volunteering for a Pay Cut?

Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles is never one to mince his words.  He recently berated the size of salaries of senior town hall chiefs.

Recovery from Addiction

James Brokenshire has unveiled the Government's ambitious new drug strategy with an uncompromising drive to crack down on those involved in the drugs trade, at the same time as revolutionising treatment services to offer recovery as a route out of dependency.

Health Secretary Visits Queen Mary's

James Brokenshire joined Health Secretary Andrew Lansley during a private visit to Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup.  Mr Lansley spoke to staff and local health managers as the future of the hospital remains to be decided.  Accident & Emergency services at the hospital have now been closed on a 'temporary' basis due to safety concerns and maternity services are due to be withdrawn on 13 December.

Southeastern Trains

Whilst at one level it is understandable that some services have struggled to cope with the current severe weather, what has been unacceptable has been the complete lack of information provided by some.  Southeastern trains have been at the forefront in this regard. 

Respect for Shop Staff

James Brokenshire joined staff at The Co-operative Food on Station Road to back a campaign urging shoppers to keep their cool in the run-up to Christmas, and to show respect for retail workers. The visit was in support of shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s “Freedom from Fear” campaign.

Snow Chaos

I am all too aware of the problems which have occurred today as a consequence of the severe winter weather.  The A2 and A20 were closed for parts of the day and local roads were grid-locked by the diverted traffic and vehicles getting stuck in the snow.  Bexley Village ground to a complete standstill for parts of the day.

'Darkest Day' for Queen Mary's

James Brokenshire has warned that other hospitals may not be able to cope with increased demand from patients following the 'temporary' closure of the A & E Department at Queen Mary's Hospital.

Antisocial Behaviour Review

James Brokenshire has said that measures to deal with antisocial behaviour needed to reform to make them more effective. Speaking on the BBC Politics Show, the Minister for Crime Prevention said that sanctions and orders to deal with problems in communities should be made simpler and easier for the police and other law enforcement agencies.


James Brokenshire will mark Remembrance Sunday by laying a wreath at the war memorial on the Green in Sidcup as well as attending the special Remembrance Service at St John's Church, Sidcup and the Festival of Remembrance at St Michael's Church, East Wickham.

'Last Chance' Health Talks

A delegation of local MPs have underlined their serious concerns about the future of hospital services in South East London during a meeting with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at the Department of Health in Whitehall.