Overall winner:
Aimee Ashford, Burgoyne Middle School Year 6

Overall runner up:
David Cheetham, Pinchmill Lower School Reception

Groups winners:
Years R-2 Joe Steer, Potton Lower
Years 3-4 Charlie Albone, St Andrews Lower
Years 5-6 Maisy Bell, Biggleswade Academy
Years 7-8 Katherine Gendron, Etonbury Academy

Thank you to everyone who took part this year, I had well over 1000 entries from lots of schools, and they were all excellent. I am also incredibly grateful to all the school staff who have helped pupils get involved with this competition.

 

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 series of detailed budget changes which commits £4 trillion pounds over the next five years. A huge commitment of the hard-earned cash of British taxpayers, and we have an obligation to make sure it is well spent. Our approach is not simply retrenchment, it is to reform and rebuild.

The review looks to the protection of our economic security – taking the difficult decisions to live within our means and bring our debts down - meaning Britain will reach a surplus of £10.1 billion in 2019/20 – that’s higher than was forecast at the Budget and means Britain will be out of the red and into the black.

Read more: 25.11.2015 Alistair Burt welcomes the Chancellor’s commitment to deliver economic and national...

The Paris attacks are unjustifiable and without excuse. There is no faith or ideology which can claim any legitimate cause or grievance to commit such atrocities, and there should be no apologist from anywhere for them.

The attacks are unlikely to be the last, and the UK may well suffer another.

They can only be overcome by determined security and intelligence, in which the public must play their full part.

Read more: Paris atrocities and Bedford 'Quiz a Muslim' event

UPDATE

I hope there is now a way forward over concerns about the Remembrance Day Parade in Biggleswade.

This occasion brings the town together in a unique way, and should be commemorated by all who wish to. Whilst the organisation of it is in the hands of the Royal British Legion, to honour those who gave so much for us, it is truly run for all, and having consulted with the RBL this weekend I know that remains their clear intention.

Read more: Biggleswade Remembrance Sunday Update

Several constituents have asked if we have contacts for agencies working with refugees.  I know there will be many people working locally, and Facebook and other social media platforms are a good source of information.  However, I thought it might be helpful to gather some links for national and international organisations together for ease of use. This is by no means diffinitive but you may find this helpful.

Read more: Refugee support and aid charities

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP for North East Bedfordshire today called for recompense for those constituents who have suffered “outrageous delay in repairing vital communications.”

An incident occurred almost two weeks ago, when a trench being dug for the Manor Farm Solar Farm grid connection struck BT cabling, causing residents in Pertenhall to lose their landline, internet and broadband services.

Read more: MP CALLS FOR COMPENSATION FOR PERTENHALL RESIDENTS 8th Sept 2015

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP said:

"I am very concerned about the result of the HMI unannounced inspection of Yarl's Wood in April this year, released today.

Whilst as always there are positive comments relating to a number of aspects of care in the centre, it is worrying and extremely disappointing that previous recommendations for improvement had not been carried out and unacceptable that HMI found that in a number of areas of work the centre had deteriorated. It is essential that this report is acted upon with urgency.

Read more: MP Expresses Concerns Over Detention Centre