North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt took part in an urgent Commons question time with Transport Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin MP as Parliament resumed this week. Mr Burt raised the concerns of constituents from Sandy, Biggleswade and Arlesey stations who could not access Kings Cross after Christmas due to overrunning engineering works.

 

Mr Burt said: ‘My constituents were rightly inconvenienced and very annoyed, and the anger expressed by them has been wholly justified. But they recognise that this was the biggest ever Christmas investment in engineering works, all designed to improve Kings Cross and passenger journeys coming into it.

 

Constituents, particularly those travelling at peak time, are paying heavily for their use of the railway, so I also made the point that whatever the inquiry found as to what had happened and why, to ensure disruption is minimised, we don’t want to stop such investment for the future. We do not want any sanction against Network Rail to hit investment. It is not the company providing public service that needs to pay a penalty, but those responsible for decisions need to be properly accountable.’

NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, taking part in a Commons debate today, has supported calls for greater first aid awareness and training for those looking after children. It follows a campaign by Millie's Trust, set up following the tragic death of a toddler from choking at a nursery in Stockport, for mandatory training in basic paediatric care for all in charge of children.

Read more: MP 'Do we know what to do if a baby chokes?'

‘FROM BLACK CAT TO NEW JOBS, THIS IS AN ECONOMIC PACKAGE WHICH SHOWS THE COUNTRY IS GETTING THERE’

NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt welcomed today’s Autumn Statement announcement, saying that it contained a number of items which would help constituents.

Mr Burt says: ‘The announcement earlier this week, confirmed in today’s Statement, of changes to the A1 and A428 will be welcome, not just to those who pass through the Black Cat roundabout, but all local residents who have had to cope with traffic using our villages as a rat run to avoid jams in the area.g

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North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt is carrying out a survey to find out constituent’s views on plans to introduce national roaming.

The Department of Culture Media and Sport is currently consulting on whether to introduce a national roaming plan which will force mobile operators to accept ‘network-switching’ arrangements with their rivals. The Government has asked the Industry to voluntarily come up with a plan to improve coverage; but if this does not happen it may impose the roaming scheme on them.

Read more: MP ASKS FOR VIEWS ON NATIONAL ROAMING PLANS FOR MOBILE PHONES

Following representations from constituents, engineering for a superfast broadband service to Kings Reach residents is well underway. BT advises that residents should be able to receive the new service from approximately mid-December; and can register now with their chosen provider for the upgrade in service.

MP for NE Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, said “Cllr Richard Wenham of Central Bedfordshire and I have been aware of residents’ frustrations for some time, and have worked hard to ensure speeds are increased. This new development emphasises how most people now have high expectations of modern technology delivery, which I am keen for the area to meet. So I am delighted that residents of Kings Reach will have an improved service. I am continuing to press for further improvements to the planned rural broadband network, as I am conscious that others may not yet be in the same position.

Read more: Superfast broadband for Kings Reach

Lower and Middle schools across North East Bedfordshire are currently receiving a fresh £512,260 funding boost to transform PE lessons for tens of thousands of pupils.

Head teachers have already used the PE and Sports Premium – a fund worth more than £150million a year to spend on school sports provision - to recruit hundreds of extra specialist PE teachers, buy new equipment and offer a wider selection of sports and free after school clubs.

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NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has supported a Commons Bill calling attention to the growing practice of gender selection by abortion, and urging action to ensure that the law preventing this is upheld. The Bill was voted for overwhelmingly by MPs from all parties on Tuesday 4th November.

Mr Burt said ‘That a child might not be born because it’s sex is inconvenient to its family is abhorrent. This growing practice in the UK, getting better documented as women under pressure come forward with their stories, needs further exposure in order to ensure that the law is very clear that such practice is wrong. We also need to be quite clear that this is mostly associated with violence and prejudice against women and girls, and I am pleased that Parliament has spoken on this.’