MP welcomes the Chancellor’s commitment to deliver economic stability and investment for NE Bedfordshire

Alistair Burt, MP for NE Bedfordshire, has welcomed the Chancellor’s statement today, putting economic and national security at the forefront of the Government’s financial plans.

Alistair said; ‘The Chancellor has set out a clear plan for investment, public spending and making improvements to the tax system as well as supporting millions of hardworking families with the cost of living.

Further investment on the strategic road network is very welcomed and the work being undertaken in relation to the A1 will significantly improve journeys for many of my constituent.

Many constituents have expressed concern over the lack of broadband across the constituency and I am delighted that the Chancellor has taken notice of these concerns and pledged a further £1 billion to improve our digital infrastructure.

By raising the tax-free personal allowances, 28 million ordinary working people will be better off, and 4 million will be taken out of income tax altogether. In addition to this, a rise in the National Living Wage to £7.50 an hour will benefit a 1.3 million people; to help reinforce the message that work always pays.

I am pleased that we have a very positive Autumn Statement from the Chancellor, and look forward to continuing economic growth in NE Bedfordshire.’

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has welcomed the news that employment across the UK continues to run at a record high, the unemployment rate has fallen to an 11-year low, and that according to this week’s figures there are 297,000 more people back in work in the Eastern region since 2010.

In North East Bedfordshire, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 779 - a 56% per cent drop – since 2010.

Mr Burt said: “I am pleased to note these latest figures, and pay tribute to all who are working so hard to encourage jobs here. NE Bedfordshire’s strategic position, fifty miles north of London and at a junction of major trade routes, is encouraging the inward investment of new business to combine with longer standing local enterprises. Good education and training, together with continued investment in the infrastructure needed to sustain comfortably the growth of new housing, will be essential for the future.”

As well as the employment rate continuing to run at a record high, today’s figures show that wages are continuing to rise strongly. Youth unemployment is down by almost 350,000 since 2010, the number of disabled people in work has increased by 590,000 in the past three years, and the proportion of women in work is at a joint record high. Over 70 per cent of the rise in employment since 2010 has been from full time work.

Alistair Burt MP has signed a pledge to defend the UK’s countryside and wild places, and support UK action on climate change. The pledge also calls on the government to ensure strong environmental standards following the EU referendum vote. It has so far been signed by over 100 MPs from across the political spectrum. 

Alistair said:

“I signed the pledge because we must ensure that, following the referendum, we retain the environmental protections which we have established via the EU, and use new opportunities to advance that agenda where we can. It is vital for us to reassert the importance of a clean, green and healthy environment – whether that is in my constituency of North East Bedfordshire, across the UK or overseas. The UK can and should be a world leader in dealing with environmental issues.”

Ben Stafford, Head of public affairs at WWF, said:

“Following the vote to leave the EU, the UK should have the ambition to set the highest environmental standards in the world. By signing the Pledge for the Environment, Alistair Burt has shown that he understands that a healthy environment is critical to a successful future for our country.”

Dozens of our environmental rules in the UK, including those leading to healthier beaches, cleaner air, and the protection of marine environments and rare species – from bitterns to butterflies – started life as European agreements, although in many cases they were originally devised and drafted by British Ministers and officials.

The pledge was initiated by a coalition of 12 national organisations who are campaigning together to ensure that, when these rules are replaced, it is with new standards at least as strong as those set by the EU. This will ensure that the UK’s environment is healthy for all and our unique wildlife and countryside remain a national treasure. 

The full text of the pledge signed by Alistair is below:

Pledge for the Environment

I believe that following the EU referendum, the UK government, working with administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, must build a healthy and prosperous future for all.

This means a thriving natural world on land and at sea, clean air and water, communities connected to nature, and a sustainable economy.

For the wellbeing of my constituents, for people at home and abroad, and for future generations who will depend on a flourishing and secure planet, I will do everything in my power to:

  • Establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections
  • Ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and ratifying the Paris Agreement this year
  • Create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.

The organisations whose supporters are asking MPs to sign the pledge are: Campaign for Better Transport, ClientEarth, CPRE, E3G, Friends of the Earth, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, New Economics Foundation, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, WWF, The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, The Woodland Trust.

The Woodland Trust along with Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea, have 4,750 tree packs available to give away for autumn.

Over the next four years, DEFRA is supporting The Woodland Trust to offer an additional 400,000 British native trees to up to 7,000 state funded primary schools across England.

Alistair says: “This is a great opportunity and will help schools improve their local environment and enable children to learn and understand the importance of nature.

If there isn’t room for the trees in school grounds, the Woodland Trust will be providing help with finding somewhere else to plant the trees. Schools can apply for free tree packs by visiting the Woodland Trust website at and the closing date for applications is September 9th 2016 for tree delivery in November, so do get your order in.”



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The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conversation charity championing native wood sand trees. It has more than 500,000 members and supporters and its three key aims are: i) to enable the creation of more native woods and place rich in trees. ii) to protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for future. iii) to inspire everyone and enjoy and value woods and trees.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,200 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to all Woodland Trust sites is free.


I made this statement yesterday and it was reported by various agencies. I thought it might be helpful to post it here as well:-
"Bedfordshire North East MP Alistair Burt has announced he is stepping down from his frontbench role as Health Minister.
Mr Burt told MPs his decision had nothing to do with Brexit.
He informed David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt "a few weeks ago" that he would not be seeking a position in a reshuffled government.

On the 23rd June the UK decided to leave the EU. I make no secret of the fact that I am profoundly disappointed with that result, against which I campaigned, and which will have many adverse consequences for us.

However, whilst I disagree with the outcome, it is hard to argue that the weeks and months campaigning did not make it clear that the result would act as an instruction to Parliament. And while, as in almost all campaigns, there are arguments which ar...e claimed to be false or misleading, the public had every chance to be aware of the issues from official government publications, campaign literature, adverts, and endless media.

Read more: BREXIT AFTERMATH 26th June 2016

After months of campaigning, and indeed years of argument, you will have a chance tomorrow, as the manifesto on which I was elected promised, to cast your vote on whether the UK remains in the EU or not.

The campaign has been sharp, as there is much at stake, and I am sorry if you have found it more divisive than you expected. We have all learnt a great deal, and whichever way the vote goes tomorrow, as your MP I appreciate there is a lot to listen to, and think about. Whoever has won, there has been a good deal of support for the other side from members of the public. So both sides’ views deserve respect and attention. Going forward together as a nation after June 23rd, we will need to remember that, and some humility from your MPs will be appropriate

Read more: WHEN THE CAMPAIGNING IS DONE - The EU Referendum June 23rd 2016