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** Welcome to my August 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,
Michael Gove MP
** Surrey Heath News
Surrey Heath's Integrated Care Team: At the start of August, I was delighted to visit Surrey Heath’s Integrated Care Team in Camberley, which I had nominated for a NHS Parliamentary Award in the category of Excellence in Healthcare. I was hugely impressed by the fantastic work they are doing. The team provides an incredible service, and is a shining example of what can be achieved with the right approach to caring. You can learn more here ([link removed]) .
‘Be Independent’ campaign: The Square Camberley has launched its ‘Be Independent’ campaign, seeking one lucky independent entrepreneur who will win the chance to trade at the shopping centre for six months free of charge. Many entrepreneurs find it challenging to expand their businesses and, in conjunction with Surrey Heath Borough Council, the ‘Be Independent’ campaign aims to encourage local entrepreneurs to build upon their current independent business, and trade within the Camberley shopping centre between November 2019 and April 2020. Targeting both independent and pop-up stores, the ‘Be Independent’ campaign is now inviting businesses to pitch to win the opportunity to trade. Entries close on 15 September, and you can find more information here ([link removed]) .
£14 billion cash boost for schools: The Prime Minister has announced that we are boosting schools with a record £14 billion, levelling up per pupil funding across the country so every child in Surrey Heath has a world-class education.The cash boost will mean that every secondary school in Surrey Heath will receive a minimum of £5,000 per pupil next year, and every primary school will get a minimum of £4,000 per pupil from 2021-22, rising at least in line with inflation.
Best Small Shops Competition: Do you have a small shop in Surrey Heath? This competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter, and all shops that enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory. Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Monday 9th September via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk ([link removed]) . 25 of the most impressive applications will be shortlisted by a panel of established representatives from the independent retail industry. The judges will be looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways they have been innovative in their business, and what they have done to make a lasting positive impact on their community. The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on 5th November 2019 to discover which will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.
West End Post Office: West End’s Post Office closed on 31 August, and the Post Office is now looking for a new Postmaster and premises. If you are interested, or know of anyone who might be, the vacancy is currently being advertised on this website ([link removed]) . You can also find more information here ([link removed]…/west-end-gu24-9pl-109458) about the closure and alternative branches.
Heathrow Expansion: Heathrow launched its latest consultation on 18 June to seek views about its preferred masterplan for expansion; changes to its runway operations; how it will manage effects from the airport’s expansion; and the compensation policies and ways in which it proposes to mitigate the effects on surrounding areas. Heathrow recently held a Consultation Event in Camberley on 13 August, but to provide residents with a further opportunity to learn more about this Consultation and ask questions, I asked Heathrow to arrange a Q&A on Friday, 6 September, between 6.30 - 7.30 pm at All Saints' Church Hall, Broadway Road, Lightwater, Surrey GU18 5SJ. Sadly, I am unable to chair the Q&A on this occasion, but the former Mayor of Surrey Heath, John May, has kindly agreed to take my place. Please note that this particular Consultation does not include further information on flight paths. It will close on 13 September, and you can submit your views at this website
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Abbeywood Care Home: I had the pleasure of visiting Abbeywood Care Home in Ash Vale, which has been rated as Outstanding by the CQC. I was delighted to meet Christine Butler, Deputy Manager for the service, Chris Hastings, Area Director, and Cllr Sinead Mooney, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Surrey County Council, to learn more about the home and those it cares for. I also greatly enjoyed having a cup of tea with the residents.
Esso Pipeline update: Following my email to the Planning Inspectorate at the end of July, I met once again with local Councillors and with two representatives from the community in Lightwater affected by Esso's proposed route through Turf Hill. I have written to Esso and to Natural England to raise their considerable concerns, and I will post an update on my website once I have received responses.
As well as my work in Parliament, Surrey Heath and in Government, I also receive many letters and emails from my constituents, and I have produced this infographic to illustrate the predominant topics.
Tours of the Houses of Parliament
Free guided tours of Parliament are available to constituents. The walking tour of the Palace of Westminster includes:
* Westminster Hall, the ancient hall at the heart of the Palace where Parliament first sat, and where many historic events have taken place;
* The House of Commons, including the Speaker's Chair, the famous green benches and the 'lobbies' where MPs actually vote;
* The House of Lords, including the Royal Throne;
* The Queen's Robing Room, Royal Gallery and many other fascinating parts of the Palace of Westminster.
Please note that tours are very popular and places are limited, so generally have to be booked about six months in advance. Please contact me to enquire about a visit to Westminster.
** Westminster News
The Prime Minister has announced that the Government will bring forward an ambitious new legislative programme for MPs’ approval, and that the current parliamentary session will be brought to an end.
The Prime Minister spoke to Her Majesty The Queen to request an end to the current parliamentary session in the second sitting week in September. Following the conclusion of the traditional party conference season, the second session of this Parliament will commence with a Queen’s Speech on Monday 14 October.
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