** Welcome to my September 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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CVQO Ltd: I am absolutely delighted that CVQO Ltd, based in Surrey Heath, has recently been awarded with a Princess Royal Training Award 2019. The Princess Royal Training Awards recognise the impact of employers' investment in training, and organisations of all sizes and sectors are invited to apply. It is completely free to enter, and to learn more about how to apply for an Award in 2020, please visit this website ([link removed]) .
Ash Vale Train Station: I am continuing to press for step-free access to be installed at Ash Vale Station, and I have written to Network Rail to nominate the station for the Access for All Mid-Tier Programme, and to ask also whether accessibility improvements can be made during any other planned project works.
Fairoaks Airport: Fairoaks Garden Village Limited (FVGL) recently held a two-day public exhibition at Fairoaks Airport about the proposals for a 1,000 homes. FGVL submitted its planning application to both Runnymede and Surrey Heath Borough Councils in July 2018, and held this exhibition to provide the public with additional information relating to certain aspects of its proposals, such as the phasing of the development and changes in the level of accommodation for the elderly. Further details can be found here ([link removed]) . I viewed the exhibition, and I remain deeply concerned about these plans. I have written again to Surrey Heath Borough Council to reaffirm my view that these proposals are not the right future for Fairoaks.
School Visit: A couple of weeks ago I again visited Gordon’s School in West End. It is a fantastic school, and it was a great pleasure to talk to a number of Year 11 students and to answer their questions.
Harry's Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust: It was a huge pleasure to meet the delightful little Harry, and to talk to his mum and dad who have started a charity, Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust, in order to support other children, like Harry - and their families - who are affected by arachnoid cysts and/or hydrocephalus. This charity is also doing brilliant work in training health professionals and promoting research into the prevention and treatment of hydrocephalus. This condition affects 1 in 1,000 babies born in the UK, and to learn more, and to offer support, please visit this website ([link removed]) .
A322: I frequently receive complaints about the A322 Lightwater bypass, and it is recognised as the most significant cause of traffic congestion in Surrey Heath. I am also aware that the A322 lay-by in Bagshot is causing local residents a great deal of misery. I am working with Councillors to find solutions, and have written to Surrey County Council and to the Department for Transport to seek the necessary investment.
Pelican Crossing at Ravenscote: The Council has recognised the need for a safe crossing at Ravenscote Junior School but, due to budget constraints, it has been limited to merely installing a Road Table. Despite this, there have been continuing reports of numerous near-misses of children, and thus the issue remains a cause of significant concern for parents. The introduction of a Pelican Crossing would allay their understandable fears, and I have appealed to Surrey County Council and to the Department for Transport for additional funding.
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.
Last month, I reported that the Prime Minister had announced the Government will bring forward an ambitious new legislative programme for MPs’ approval, and that the current parliamentary session would be brought to an end.
I am sure you will now be aware of the Supreme Court's judgment on the lawfulness of the decision to prorogue Parliament. The Prime Minister has been crystal clear that he respects the Supreme Court's judgment, the judicial process and the Rule of Law. It is, however, the case that the Government respectfully disagrees with the Court's decision.
The outcome of the case has no effect on whether or not the UK leaves the EU. This has already been decided by the electorate in the Referendum. The Prime Minister has repeatedly said that Brexit will happen on 31 October, and I fully support this position. The date of the UK's exit is set in EU law, and only the Government has the power to change it with the unanimous agreement of all EU member states.
Lastly, on 3 September, I made my first statement to the House as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and you can read it here ([link removed]) .
The best way to reach me is by email or post, and please include your full address, including postcode, in all communications.