Graham welcomes East Coast Franchise Announcement

graham with train landscapeMember of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has welcomed the announcement today that the InterCity East Coast Franchise has been awarded to Inter City Railways Limited.  This is a joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin that will operate under the brand ‘Virgin East Coast’.

Commenting on the announcement Graham said, “This eight year franchise should bring improvements for passengers in East Yorkshire with more trains, better fares; more frequent, faster services; and services to new destinations.   This is good news for East Yorkshire and I will be working hard with colleagues to ensure the promises are kept. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham to raise money for Withernsea Defibrillators

GS with Defib at Black Bull, Burton Pidsea

Graham beside the Public Access Defibrillator at the Black Bull in Burton Pidsea

Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart will be in Withernsea this Saturday from 10.30am – noon for his regular street surgery outside Aldi Supermarket.  At the same time he will be holding a bucket collection to raise money to buy two new Defibrillators for the town.

Graham said, “Since my bike ride to raise awareness of Community Public Access Defibrillators, I’ve been approached by a number of different organisations to say they would like to host a Defibrillator.  I also wrote to Parish and Town Councils to encourage them to get a machine too. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham urges community bus services in Beverley and Holderness to bid for new support

Graham Stuart MP 2014Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has welcomed new Government funding to support community transport services, and urged local providers to bid for support.

In total there will be £25 million of new support to provide hundreds of voluntary community transport providers with new minibuses.

This new fund will give them the opportunity to get a new minibus to expand, or to replace an old one. Read the rest of this entry »

British Poultry Council briefing on Avian Flu

What is bird flu?

Avian influenza is a virus that causes disease in birds. Poultry, pigeons and wild or migratory birds, such as ducks, swans, and geese, can become infected with the virus. There are two forms of the virus: high pathogenicity (HPAI) and low pathogenicity (LPAI). Pathogenicity indicates the severity of the disease if the bird contracts the virus.

What is the risk to public health?

In this case Defra has stated that the risk to public health is very low. Some strains of avian influenza can pass to humans, but this is very rare. It usually requires very close contact between the human and infected birds. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham champions local egg farmers in question to Secretary of State over Avian Flu

Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, was in the House of Commons chamber yesterday to question the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, Liz Truss, over the Government’s response to the confirmed case of Avian Influenza discovered at a duck farm in East Yorkshire.

Mr Stuart sought assurances on behalf of local egg and poultry farmers that their businesses wouldn’t be hit by the outbreak. He asked her, “Many of my constituents work in egg production and poultry. Earlier today I contacted Elliott Eggs of Bewholme just outside the exclusion zone, which is already struggling to meet the supply demands of its supermarket customers. How will my right hon. Friend strike the balance between effective eradication of the problem and continued production, particularly in this festive season?” Read the rest of this entry »

MP speaks out about Ambulance Crews being delayed at A & E

Graham with Yorkshire Ambulance Service Staff during a tour of Ambulance Stations in Beverley and Holderness

Graham with Yorkshire Ambulance Service Staff during a tour of Ambulance Stations in Beverley and Holderness

Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has spoken out over the problem of ambulance crews being delayed handing patients over to health care professionals at Accident and Emergency Units.

Speaking about the problem, Graham said, “One constituent has written to me to say she recently witnessed 8 ambulances, that’s 16 crew members, waiting for up to two hours to hand patients over to staff at Hull Royal Infirmary. 

“With eight ambulances and 16 crew marooned at the hospital, there would be few, if any, ambulances available to respond in Beverley and Holderness and the rest of East Yorkshire. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham to hold drop-in session at Cherry Tree Advice Centre in Beverley tomorrow

Cherry Tree Surgery - July 14Graham will be holding a drop-in session at the Cherry Tree Advice Centre on Cherry Tree Lane in Beverley tomorrow afternoon (Friday 14th November) from 3pm – 4.30pm.  Please call in if you have an issue you wish Graham to take up on your behalf. No appointment is necessary.

Graham opens new room at Songbirds Day Nursery in Preston

Graham with proprietor Susan Goodwin and Nursery Manager  Lucy Hopper with children at Songbirds Day Nursery

Graham with proprietor Susan Goodwin and Nursery Manager Lucy Hopper with children at Songbirds Day Nursery

Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness has visited Songbirds Day Nursery in Preston to officially open a new room that will increase the number of childcare places available at the Nursery which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Commenting on the visit, Graham said, “From September this year the Government extended the entitlement of 15 hours of free early education to the 40 per cent of most disadvantaged two year olds and it’s great news to hear that Songbirds is extending its capacity to meet increasing local demand.”

Already 116,000 two-year olds benefit from this free childcare and the new entitlement extends this eligibility to more than 260,000 children, including 1,100 in East Yorkshire. Read the rest of this entry »

Blue light services rolling out Yorkshire’s first Emergency First Responder scheme

CFO Dene Sanders (White shirt grey hair) next to David Whiting chief exec YAS on left of car.More than 30 fire fighters across four East Riding fire stations will soon be responding to selected emergency calls at the same time as an ambulance, thanks to the further roll-out of the county’s first Emergency First Responder (EFR) scheme.

The scheme is a joint initiative between Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and has been running at seven stations in the East Riding during the summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Stronger Economy resonating with voters

Graham with Darren Faulkner and his son in Withernsea.

Graham with Darren Faulkner and his son in Withernsea.

With the number of people in work at an all-time high and the local and national economy recovering strongly, Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has been out on the streets in his constituency to hear how voters feel the Conservatives have done over the last four and a half years in Government.

Graham said, “Local people are responding positively to the fact that record numbers of people are now in employment.  Britain has the fastest growing economy in the developed world, and this is reflected in really encouraging jobs data.

“The Conservatives have created the economic stability and optimism to help businesses start hiring again, and there are 1.8 million more people in work than when the Government was elected in 2010.  The claimant rate for unemployment benefit in Beverley and Holderness is now down to just over 2% and people are beginning to feel the effects of a stronger economy. Read the rest of this entry »