North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt welcomes the Chancellor’s Budget as one that delivers security for working people – with our finances under control, the national debt falling, our defences supported, productivity boosted, welfare controlled, income taxes cut, and a National Living Wage. This Budget keeps us moving from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare country.

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Commenting on the announcement and confirmation of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s deficit, MP for NE Beds Alistair Burt said:

 

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The Chancellor George Osborne has today delivered his final Budget before May’s general election, which outlined the strength of a nation ‘walking tall again’. It is a Budget that works for the British People. The Chancellor has placed economic security at the centre of attention as part of national recovery from the financial crisis and the economic difficulties left by the previous government.

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NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, in whose constituency Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre is located, has expressed his ‘anger and deep concern’ at the comments made by individual employees of Serco on the Channel 4 News bulletins last night.

Mr Burt who has been visiting Yarl’s Wood since before it was opened, and has successfully pressed for a variety of changes at the Centre in that time, spoke in the House of Commons this morning.

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MP PRAISES UKPOWER NETWORKS (UKPN) FOR FAST RESPONSE TO CONSTITUENT PROBLEM

When NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt received a worried email from a business on the Stratton Park Industrial estate, off Dunton Lane in Biggleswade recently, he feared the worst.

The email told him that, due to UK Power Networks work, power was going to be shut off from the estate with just a handful of days’ notice, and no chance to make alternative arrangements. Fifteen businesses would find themselves in a difficult position quite suddenly.

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NE Beds MP Alistair Burt has welcomed the Home Secretary’s announcement of an inquiry into the health and welfare of detainees. (Feb 10th)

Mr Burt said ‘I know Stephen Shaw, having been involved in the circumstances of his previous inquiry into the fire at Yarl’s Wood in 2002. He will do an honest and thorough job.

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North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has praised Sandy Upper School, named last week by the DFE as England’s ‘most improved school’.

Sandy Upper, which Mr Burt has been visiting regularly in recent months, achieved the award for its performance in improving passes at A*- C grade GCSE by 27% in a year, the country’s best. The school achieved an 81% pass rate at that level, well outstripping the national rate of 53%.

Mr Burt said ‘Those who may not know the school cannot imagine the background to this past year, and just what an achievement this is.

Coming from special measures, then falling an innocent victim to the failings of the Barnfield Academy, the school was placed in a situation of limbo for far too long by indecision about its future from the DFE, which now seems to appreciate just what a success it has on its hands.

In all that time Principal Balraj Hare, the Chair of Governors, the staff and students turned around the school producing not just fine exam results but a degree of confidence amongst the students which has been excellent to observe.

This is an all-round achievement. I was very proud to attend the awards night recently and pay a tribute to the school, and appreciate that everyone there is determined to keep the improvement going.’

Mr Burt has now submitted a parliamentary question asking for a visit from Secretary of State Nicky Morgan, to see for herself.