** Welcome to my June 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 here ([link removed]) .
With every good wish,
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath
Just4kids visit: I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the founder of Chloe’s & Sophie’s Special Ear Fund, Karen Jackson, and learning about how the charity is raising deaf awareness. Karen is immensely passionate about this issue, and the work she and the charity have been doing has brightened the lives of so many deaf children. You can read more about the charity and some of its latest initiatives, such as supplying clear panel facemasks to teachers working in schools for deaf children, here ([link removed]) . I look forward to learning what more the Government plans to do to support deaf people in the UK's enhanced Disability Inclusion Strategy which is being launched later this year.
Great British Spring Clean: I was delighted to join the Camberley litter pick last month. Over 150,000 people across Britain pledged their support for this fantastic campaign – an immense national effort which we should all be proud of. You can find out more about the event here ([link removed]) .
Touchwood Pharmacy visit: It was great to meet the team at Touchwood Pharmacy to discuss the work they have been doing throughout the pandemic, and you can read more about my visit here ([link removed]) .
Warren Wood: Last month I trekked to Warren Wood to learn about the incredible project being undertaken by the Surrey Choices team and the Surrey Heath Tree Wardens which is ensuring the preservation of this beautiful pocket of ancient woodland in Frimley. You can find some pictures of my visit here ([link removed]) .
Nilosa Beauty visit: I was hugely grateful to Nichola at Nilosa Beauty for having me to visit. It is a great business on Frimley High Street with such a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, and you can find out more about my visit here ([link removed]) .
Save Me Trust: Grace the Hedgehog, pictured with me below, has been touring schools in Surrey Heath to teach children about the importance of protecting hedgehogs. The Amazing Grace Project ([link removed]) has delivered survey kits and brochures to a number of local schools so that children can collect vital data that will help keep hedgehogs in Surrey Heath safe.
** Cabinet Office News
Declaration on Government Reform speech: Earlier this month, I made a speech on plans for reforming the Government in the shadow of Covid-19. You can read it here ([link removed]) , and you can learn more about the programme here ([link removed]) .
Refreshed GREAT campaign: The UK Government is launching a refreshed GREAT campaign in 145 countries, and you can find more details here ([link removed]) .
Covid recovery meeting: Earlier this month I attended a meeting between the Prime Minister, the First Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to discuss the United Kingdom’s Covid recovery. You can find out more here ([link removed]) .
Queen's Birthday Honours lists: The Queen's Birthday Honours lists were released on 11th June, and you can read more here ([link removed]) .
Local Voting Rights for EU Citizens Living in the UK: EU citizens’ voting and candidacy rights in local elections need to be updated to reflect our new relationship with the EU, and you can learn more about these updates here ([link removed]) .
Chloe Smith MP speech on defending democracy: On 15th June my brilliant colleague Chloe Smith MP, Cabinet Office Minister for the Constitution and Devolution, delivered a speech hosted by Policy Exchange on the Government's plans to defend democracy in the UK. You can read it here ([link removed]) .
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