MP for NE Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, was delighted to hear of the Award of Excellence given to Bedford Hospital from the Chair of Examiners at the Royal College of Physicians of London for hosting clinical examinations for trainee doctors.

Read more: MP welcomes good news for Bedford Hospital

On Friday 25th July Alistair will be part of a group helping to name a First Capital Connect train specially branded ‘Max Appeal’ at a ceremony at King’s Cross Station in support of the Max Appeal.

Max Appeal supports children and their families with 22q11 Deletion Syndrome (DS) – a complex condition that is often undiagnosed and leads to lifelong struggles for those affected.

Read more: MP delighted to support Biggleswade family and the Max Appeal

The Task Force, which was set up as part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Action Plan on nuisance calls, today urges organisations and individuals to share their views to help in Which?’s inquiry.

The aim of the call for evidence is to understand the issues surrounding consent to direct marketing and how this impacts consumers. They also want to hear about any proposed solutions and how they could be applied.

Read more: NORTH EAST BEDFORDSHIRE MP SUPPORTS WHICH? TASK FORCE BATTLING NUISANCE CALLS

Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire is proud to announce further reductions in unemployment in his constituency.

Mr Burt says: ‘The number of unemployed claimants of Job Seekers Allowance in North East Bedfordshire in May 2014 was 922. This represents a rate of 1.7% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, ranking North East Bedfordshire 517th of the 650 UK constituencies, with the 650th constituency having the lowest rate of unemployment.

Read more: UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS FURTHER IN NORTH EAST BEDFORDSHIRE

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and many Second World War veterans will be marking this historic occasion with commemorative visits to the places they served, supported by a Big Lottery Fund grant.

The programme offers the chance for WWII veterans from the UK, Channel Islands, and the Republic of Ireland grants from between £165-£8140 towards travel and accommodation expenses to enable them, their spouse and carers to make trips back to places across the world where they served, or make a commemorative visit to the UK.

Read more: NORTH EAST BEDFORDSHIRE MP SUPPORTS HEROES RETURN PROGRAMME

Alistair Burt said; 'The latest allegations concerning Yarl's Wood, that Serco sought to withhold information about its inquiry into alleged sexual assault, are serious and deserve further investigation. 

I have known Yarl’s Wood since it opened, and over the years it has changed markedly, responding to earlier criticisms. It is regularly monitored, notably by independent local monitors, and there is a strong core of local befrienders who have all played a part in improving the regime there. 

Read more: Yarl’s Wood allegations serious and deserve further investigation

NE Beds MP Rt Hon Alistair Burt kept up the pressure for a review of the decision to close Bedford Magistrates Courts to criminal cases, by raising the issue with Lord Chancellor Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP in the Commons on Tuesday. Mr Burt asked the Minister to take into account the impact on costs of a decision which, Mr Burt claimed, had been taken ‘to skirt democratic accountability’.

Mr Burt said ‘As Richard Fuller MP and I dig further into this, we are alarmed at the way in which the decision to close Bedford to criminal cases was taken, and as the issue had deliberately been kept away from Ministers by officials, I wanted to ensure he was aware of the strong sense of local outrage on this.

Read more: MP KEEPS UP COURTS PRESSURE