** Welcome to my September Newsletter!
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With every good wish,
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath
It was an incomparably sad day when we learned of the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was our longest reigning monarch, who performed her duties with dignity, grace, and excellence.
She leaves a truly remarkable legacy, and I had the huge honour of attending the service in Westminster Hall on 14 September for the reception of her coffin before the Lying-in-State. It was an incredibly moving ceremony, which I shall never forget.
Throughout the national period of mourning, we witnessed our nation come together to mourn and to celebrate her extraordinary lifetime of service.
We will cherish her memory.
** Surrey Heath News
Proclamation of the King: It was a privilege to attend the proclamation of our new monarch, His Majesty King Charles III, at both Surrey Heath Borough Council and the Chobham War Memorial on 11 September. The following day, I was also able to attend Westminster Hall to see the Speakers of both Houses of Parliament present addresses of condolence to the King.
M3/A322 junction: I was hugely grateful to Cllrs Rebecca Jennings-Evans and Richard Tear for sparing some time earlier this month to catch-up with me on progress being made to press for improvements to the M3/A322 junction. It was also very helpful to discuss the problems that some residents are having securing Home to School Transport for their children.
Football Federation: Good news for sport in Surrey Heath. By 2025, the Football Federation – which is run by the Premier League, the FA and the Government – plans to commit 40% of its investment, worth a projected £92 million over the next three years, into multi-sport projects that support both football and an additional sport, such as rugby, cricket, netball, and basketball. I understand the Football Federation will be contacting local clubs directly to let them know about its multi-sport commitment, and I am looking forward to seeing how this funding is used in Surrey Heath.
Speaker's Corner: It was a great pleasure to speak at the Speaker’s Corner event at St Paul’s Church in Camberley on 23 September and to discuss the changing culture in the UK and its impact on our beliefs and morals. I was also delighted that the charity collection at the event raised £384.75 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Frimley Park Hospital.
Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch: On Monday, I joined Surrey Heath’s Borough Commander, Matt Walton, at the Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch Support Group Coordinators’ Meeting at St Mary’s Church in Camberley. We took part in a Q&A session, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to the brilliant volunteers who do so much to support Surrey Police and the local community.
Home to School Transport: A number of constituents have been in touch with me regarding Home to School transport for their children. I have raised each case individually with Cllr Clare Curran, Cabinet Member for Education and Learning at Surrey Country Council, but have also written to her separately regarding the issue more broadly. I hope to report back shortly.
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