** Welcome to my July Newsletter!
My newsletter is designed to give an overview of what I've been doing as Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath and as a member of the Government, so please feel free to forward this on to your friends, family and neighbours. They can sign up to receive it directly by clicking
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With every good wish,
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath
Surrey Youth Cabinet: Last month, I held a Q&A with members from the Surrey Heath Youth Council, which was chaired by Surrey Heath's Member of Youth Parliament. I was asked lots of very thoughtful and intelligent questions, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to speak to so many impressive young people.
Surrey Heath Schools: As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I have been keeping in touch with local headteachers about the re-opening of schools in Surrey Heath. I posted a further update on my Facebook page last month, which you can watch here ([link removed]) .
Heatherside: Unfortunately, there was another unauthorised encampment in Surrey Heath a few weeks ago, this time at Heatherside Recreation Ground. I am incredibly grateful to Surrey Heath Borough Council Leader, Alan McClafferty, and to our new Borough Commander, DI Alick James, for taking swift action. The Government is currently reviewing submissions in response to the recent consultation on measures to criminalise the act of trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment, and you can read the latest update I received from the Home Secretary here ([link removed]) .
Access to MOD Land: Following my meeting with the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, I recently posted an update on my Facebook page about the current access to the Ash Ranges and the upcoming Byelaws Review. You can watch the video here ([link removed]) .
Reopening of pubs: Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of dropping by the Hare and Hounds in West End and the Half Moon in Windlesham. I was joined by County Cllr David Mansfield at the Hare and Hounds for a drink and a chance to catch up. It was great to see the pub open and residents enjoying a quiet drink. We discussed issues ranging from the proposed route of the Esso Pipeline to the future of British Airways, where so many constituents work. I then stopped by the Half Moon in Windlesham for a bite to eat and a chat with landlord Conrad Sturt. Throughout the lockdown Conrad has been providing a delivery service, including supplying meals to charities helping those in need. It was good to see families enjoying a relaxed drink in the extensive garden at the Half Moon served by the friendly and engaging staff.
Raising education standards in Surrey Heath: I am delighted to report that schools in Surrey Heath will benefit from funding to improve school facilities. You can read more about it here ([link removed]) on my website.
Frimley Park Hospital: A couple of weeks ago, I visited Frimley Park Hospital to speak to the Chief Executive, Neil Dardis. I wish to say a huge thank you to him and his wonderful team who have done a fantastic job during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can watch my video update here ([link removed]) , and I hope to have more news on the parking issues at the hospital in the near future.
Facebook Live Q&A: I held another Q&A on Facebook on 24 July, which was chaired by Cllr Paul Deach. I was grateful for all the questions, and hope that constituents find these sessions helpful. You can watch it back here ([link removed]) .
£705 million investment for GB-EU border: This unprecedented £705 million investment ([link removed]) is for new infrastructure, jobs and technology at GB-EU border. This will include £470 million to build infrastructure such as border control posts, and allocating £235m for IT systems and staffing, including 500 more Border Force personnel to ensure our borders are safe and secure and that the UK is ready to take full advantage of its newly sovereign status
EU preparations: On 13 July, I gave a statement to the House of Commons on preparations for the end of the transition period, which you can read here ([link removed]) .
Protecting jobs: We have laid out plans to deliver on our manifesto commitment to ensure businesses across the whole of the United Kingdom will continue to enjoy seamless internal trade, as they have done for centuries, when we leave the transition period at the end of the year. You can read more at this webpage ([link removed]) .
2025 Border Strategy: We have just launched a consultation on the 2025 Border Strategy, which will set out our vision for the world’s most effective border by 2025. We are seeking views on how new digital systems can improve trader and traveller experience and make the UK more secure, and you can find out more here ([link removed]) .
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