Harsh Consequences for Drugs Smugglers

James Brokenshire has warned of the severe consequnces of smuggling drugs during a visit to Sarita Colonia jail in Peru. The Minister for Crime Prevention spoke with UK citizens convicted for drugs offences about their experiences and saw for himself the harsh conditions in the prison. They included one prisoner who is serving six years and eight months for trafficking cocaine.

Royal Navy Praise

James Brokenshire has praised the work of the Royal Navy in stopping illegal drugs reaching the UK during a visit to HMS Portland in Lima.  Speaking to the crew of the frigate the Minister for Crime Prevention thanked the crew for their service and professionalism as the vessel commenced work on anti-narcotics patrols in the Carribean. 

Defer QMH Decision

James Brokenshire has called on local hospital chiefs to defer any decision on the ‘temporary' closures of A&E and maternity services at Queen Mary's Sidcup until an independent safety audit has reported.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

James Brokenshire has given his backing to Macmillan Cancer Support's annual fundraising event - 'The World's Biggest Coffee Morning'.  The MP attended local events at the Macmillan Cancer Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and at Baltimore Place, East Wickham.

Cleeve Park School Awards Ceremony

James attended the Cleeve Park School Awards ceremony and gave out certificates and achievement awards to mark the success of pupils over the last year.

Statement on Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup

James Brokenshire has issued the following statement in response to today's announcement by the South London Healthcare (NHS) Trust that accident & emergency and maternity services at Queen Mary's Hospital will be closed before Christmas on a ‘temporary' basis for clinical safety reasons.

Flower Festival

James Brokenshire joined the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Val Clark at the opening of the St John's Sidcup Flower Festival on Friday. Proceeds from the event will raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children as well as St John's Church.  The festival runs throughout the weekend and concludes on Sunday with a special Choral Evensong at 5.30pm where James will read one of the lessons.

Serving the Community

James Brokenshire congratulated 180 young volunteers for their service to patients at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup at a special event on Friday.  The 'Vibe' Project which is run by the charity CSV in partnership with South London Healthcare NHS Trust and provides young people aged between 16-25 with the opportunity to volunteer at the hospital. 

Coca Cola Visit

Whilst I'm no great fan of the overburdening reach of red tape and health and safety regulations, when it comes to food hygiene I know it's essential to set high standards.  So as part of a recent visit to Coca Cola Enterprise's bottling and canning factory in Sidcup, I had no hesitation in making sure that I was suitably attired.