I’ve had a busy month in Parliament. On national issues, I took part in the debate on the BBC Charter Review, the Cultural Property Bill which aims to implement the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property, and a debate on press freedom.
On local issues I secured a visit from the new Secretary of State for Education to our amazing University Technical College based in Didcot, pressed for Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to start their review into the future of Wantage Community Hospital during Health Questions, and welcomed the Department for Health’s review into the funding of community pharmacies.
I was successful in securing a debate on the safety of the A34. During this debate the roads Minister, John Hayes MP, agreed to undertake a safety review of the A34, which was an excellent outcome for my constituents and those in the wider area. Highways England have been tasked to carry out the study, and are inviting interested parties such as the local Councils and police force to take part. I will make sure that my constituents’ views and concerns are represented.
We also had some success in highlighting the plight of the AEAT pensioners with Ministers, many of whom live within my constituency, and who have lost a significant amount of their pension following the closure of AEAT. I am calling for an urgent independent enquiry along with changes in the law to allow the Pensions Ombudsman to investigate the situation.
After I raised my concerns about the disruption that would be caused by a planned two week closure of Challow Bridge, I was pleased that Network Rail listened and put forward a new plan for these works. These works will now take place on the weekends of 18th and 25th November between 10pm and 6am to limit the disruption.
Finally, I would like to highlight a number of local community groups that have applied for funding from the Aviva Community Fund. Friends of O.S.C.A.R., Harwell Village Hall, Riding for the Disabled Association Abidgdon, Marcham Women’s Institute, Buckland CofE Primary School, Blewbury Village Hall, Cholsey Holiday Playscheme and Wallingford Boys Brigade have all made applications, and funding will be awarded to those with the most public votes. Voting is open until 18th November, and can be undertaken https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/acfcms/get-involved.
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