MP’s REPORT TO BRENTFORD & ISLEWORTH RESIDENTS
Each month I provide an update on my work to residents in Brentford & Isleworth. You can find previous reports of my work on my web site, and I also report regularly on my Facebook page and via Twitter. To get email updates of my Parliamentary activity go to theyworkforyou.com
The EU Withdrawal Bill: We expect to start debating the Bill from Nov 13th. I have signed a number of Labour and cross-bench amendments which seek to improve on the worst elements of the Bill. I aim to speak on the issue of Air Quality standards. Unless we can get amendments passed on this, we risk leaving the EU with no UK regulatory framework and an increased chance of the Government watering down the standards. This then makes it easier for the Government to push through decisions that will increase pollution, such as Runway 3.
Taking Hounslow School Cuts issues to the Minister: Seema Malhotra MP and I took Cllr Tom Bruce, three headteachers and a parent represenative to meet Nick Gibb MP, the Schools Minister. We explained how the stand-still budget funding, along with inflation, the apprenticeship levy and rising costs of pay and pensions, has meant every local school has had to make budget cuts year-on-year. These are really having an impact on children and on schools’ ability to support them properly. This is all before the Government’s “fairer funding” takes effect, which will make many schools will even worse off. Gibb was listening but came out with the usual Government mantra about
WASPI: I was pleased to host a meeting in Parliament of WASPI (Women Against State Pensions Inequality). The campaigners got support from MPs and advice about turning their campaign into change in Parliament.
Protect the Protectors Bill: I was in the chamber to support Chris Bryant MP’s Private Member’s Bill to create a new offence of assaulting an emergency worker. This is supported by all the key unions, and now by the Government. If passed, police, hospital staff, lifeboat crews and others will be properly protected at work.
HEATHROW – Government figures go the wrong way; Parliament debate and Hounslow public meeting. Exactly a year after the Government opted for Runway 3 at Heathrow, they released figures that show that building another runway there will never comply with current air quality standards, will provide little net economic benefit to the UK and even provides less benefit to the economy and to passengers than building a second runway at Gatwick. Neither Heathrow, the airlines nor the Government are prepared to fund the
£4bn- £17bn in transport infrastructure needed. I made these points in a short parliamentary debate, after joining MPs from all three main parties and community campaign groups on College Green to reiterate our opposition to the Runway 3. The Government consultation on the revised draft airports National Policy Strategy closes on Dec 19th.
Chiswick Royal Mail delivery office: I’m working with Chiswick Labour branch to oppose the closure of the delivery office and stop the Royal Mail moving it to Acton. This would make deliveries later, collections difficult for those without a car, and add 14 post office vans to our already congested roads. We’ve collected hundreds of signatures and I will be writing to the CEO of Royal Mail to ask them to rethink.
Chiswick and Brentford Cycle Superhighway – I met traders and the Catholic church concerned about the impact the proposed segregated cycle track will have on them. I understand their specific concerns on the details and am raising these with Transport for London and Hounslow. However I support the proposal in general as it is an important plank in Mayor Sadiq Khan’s strategy to reduce London’s congestion and pollution and make public spaces more attractive. The full set of proposals will work to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport more, and their cars less often.
Hounslow Town Centre Businesses are affected by the closure of the various car parks whilst redevelopment goes ahead on key sites. I’ve met with a group of them, and am pushing the Council to find temporary car parking facilities so as not to deter customers from shopping in Hounslow.
Brentford Lock West Residents Association – didn’t just want to talk about rubbish collections, parking and anti-social behaviour (although these were important and I was grateful that Cllr Steve Curran came too), but they also wanted to discuss Brexit and Heathrow expansion!
Tom Davies Eyewear bringing jobs & apprenticeships to Brentford: The luxury bespoke eyewear firm is moving their production line from China to Brentford, desite fears that a Brexit-based downturn will hit sales in the UK and Europe. Tom showed me round the factory just behind the Great West Road. He’s been recruiting locally, providing high quality and properly paid apprenticeships in a great work place.
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