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.

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Alistair Burt MP has welcomed new measures announced by the Government that will see the law changed to give local communities the final say over planning decisions for new onshore wind farms.

Wind turbines will only get the go-ahead if the local community has made it clear they support onshore wind projects in their area. They will be free to decide where turbines should go and any proposals must address the concerns of local people and have their backing.

In addition, the law will be changed to end bill-payer subsidies for new onshore wind farms from April 2016.  This will ensure that we meet our renewable energy commitments in a way that protects taxpayers and keeps bills low for working people.

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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.

Read more: Summer Budget: Delivering Security for Working People

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.

Read more: YARL’S WOOD - WHY ARE WE HERE AGAIN? ASKS MP

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.

Read more: A GOOD NEWS STORY FROM AN ENERGY COMPANY!