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

Businesses in and around Bedford are currently eligible to apply for a connection voucher of up to £3000 to help them secure faster, better broadband through the Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

 

Vouchers are available to local businesses, who meet eligibility criteria, before March 2016. Home-based businesses are also eligible. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at www.connectionvouchers.co.uk.

 

Read more: Government Grant to Boost Broadband for Businesses

MP for NE Bedfordshire Alistair Burt, and members of his staff have been taking part in the RNIB  'fortnight of action' to highlight the growing problem of street obstacles; bollards, advertising boards, bins, cars parked on pavements, and 'shared space' schemes, and to learn more about sight loss issues.

With support from RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), local campaigners have been taking part in blindfold walks with their MPs, share their experiences, and encourage their local councils to meet with them to discuss creating local Street Charters. Alistair took to the streets of Biggleswade with local RNIB campaigner Natalie Doig to have the experience of being guided through a busy town centre.

Read more: Team Burt supports the RNIB Street Aware campaign

I have had a number of representations concerning the vote on hunting, both for and against the Governments proposed amendment of the Hunting Act. My response has been posted on my website, explaining clearly to my constituents why I intend to vote for the amendment.

I have also received representations suggesting strongly rather than make up my own mind how to vote I should count up the representations I have received and vote accordingly.

Let me explain why I fundamentally disagree.

Read more: MPs, votes and judgement