NORTH EAST BEDFORDSHIRE MP SUPPORTS HEROES RETURN PROGRAMME
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.
Yarl’s Wood allegations serious and deserve further investigation
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.
MP KEEPS UP COURTS PRESSURE
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.
MP ADDS NAME TO NEW BILL FOR FIRE SAFETY
NE Bedfordshire MP Rt Hon Alistair Burt was named last week in the House of Commons as a promoter of a Ten Minute Rule Bill from MP Nick Raynsford urging the mandatory introduction of smoke detectors in privately rented properties. Mr Burt, who lost nine constituents in a house fire in his former Bury constituency thirty years ago, had previously lobbied Government to make the change.
MP AND MAYOR DISCUSS BROADBAND
North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt met Mayor Bedford Dave Hodgson on Friday April 11th to discuss access to rural broadband. Mr Burt had expressed concern that Bedford Borough was not as committed to providing access to broadband in rural areas as neighbouring authorities, and could be doing more.
Mr Burt said ‘We had a good meeting, but I stand by all my concerns and made clear the deep annoyance of a number of parish councils who I have been in contact with. They believe they had assurances from the Council on access to broadband that have not been delivered, and that the Council could have done more.
“TELL THE MAYOR YOU NEED BROADBAND” urges Alistair Burt MP
North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt is urging constituents to contact Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson to demand better broadband provision.
Figures release from earlier this year show that Bedford Borough spent only £32 per property on upgrading broadband provision, while Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes contributed £102 and £122 respectively. The Council defended its low spending as being ‘prudent’, though Mr Burt argues that this is one area where people would welcome investment.
Bedfordshire Police and Domestic Violence
NE Beds MP Alistair Burt has expressed disappointment at the Inspectorate Report on how domestic violence has been handled by Bedfordshire Police, but welcomes the strong response of Chief Constable Colette Paul, and changes already introduced.