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Meet Graham in Beverley this Saturday 28 November

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Graham Stuart MP Jan 14Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, is holding one of his regular Street Surgeries in Beverley this Saturday, 28 November, between 10.00am and noon, at the junction of Toll Gavel and Cross Street. No appointment is necessary.

Graham said “My constituents expect to be able to see me in person at a time that’s convenient to them, and I find Saturday mornings in the middle of Beverley fits the bill.  I look forward to meeting residents this Saturday to hear what issues they’re struggling with that I might be able to help with, or exchanging views on national and local issues.”

Graham Stuart welcomes Swinemoor pupils to Parliament

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, welcomed a group of pupils from Swinemoor Primary School to the Houses of Parliament this week. The pupils were visiting Parliament in order to present Graham with a portrait, which they had drawn following Graham’s visit to the school earlier this year.

After a guided tour of Parliament by Graham’s staff, the pupils had their packed lunches in Portcullis House and presented Graham with his portrait in a Houses of Parliament Committee Room. Graham then spoke with the children about the role of an MP and how MPs should be accessible to their constituents.

Pupils present Graham with his portrait

Pupils present Graham with his portrait

Graham said: “I am absolutely delighted with the portrait that the pupils have drawn for me. It’s an excellent likeness and really must have taken a lot of hard work. It will have the pride of place on my office wall.

“It was excellent to welcome the pupils from Swinemoor to Westminster and to talk to them a little about the job of an MP. It is really important to show children that Parliament is not a remote institution and that what happens here affects all of our futures.”

Parents of some of the children visiting Parliament commented as follows:

Jenny Anderson: “My daughter Keira had such an amazing time with Graham this week, a day she will never forget. Thank you so much, Graham, for organising and taking time out to spend the time with them – truly memorable.”

Sarah Murray: “My daughter Lucy had a fantastic day down in London with Graham and her friends. She’s still talking about it over 24 hours on. Thank you Graham for making her day a special one.”

Zoe Bucknall: “My son Rhys was one of those pupils who presented the portrait to Graham earlier this week! He thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the day with Graham, and it’s certainly a memory that will last a life time.”

Graham Stuart MP welcomes fair funding breakthrough in Comprehensive Spending Review

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to introduce fair school funding as part of today’s Comprehensive Spending Review. A new funding formula will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs. Crucially, from 2017-18 onwards the resources schools and local authorities will receive will be based on pupil characteristics rather than historic political calculations. The Department for Education will consult on the detail of the announcement in early 2016.

The announcement signals an end to the current unfair system, which has lasted for decades and led to a situation where the ten best funded areas of England receive an average of £6,300 per pupil of schools block funding, compared to just £4,200 in the ten worst funded areas – with no objective basis for the difference.

Graham has campaigned for fair school funding since his election in 2005 and first secured a debate on the issue in March 2006. He has continued to highlight fair funding at every opportunity and since May 2015 he has served as Vice Chairman of the F40 campaign for fair school funding in Parliament. In October, he coordinated a letter from 111 MPs to the Prime Minister to call for fairer funding to be introduced, and on 5 November he secured and opened a debate in Westminster Hall.

On Tuesday 1 December, Graham will join colleagues as petitions from over 100 constituencies calling for fair funding will be presented by MPs in the House of Commons chamber. Graham has led a nationwide campaign to coordinate the petitions and thousands of people have signed in Beverley and Holderness.

Graham said, “I am delighted that the Government has committed to introduce a national funding formula for English schools, ending the postcode lottery that means children in East Yorkshire lose out for no good reason. As always, the devil will lie in the detail and we will need to see the full proposals in the consultation, but in principle this represents a huge step forward and is a decision of lasting significance.

“That said, today’s news does not mark the end of my campaign. Having fought and failed to obtain fair school funding for a decade as the MP for Beverley and Holderness, that moment will come only when the money is actually received by our schools. When the full plans are published I will go back to ministers and work hard to ensure the final settlement delivers the fairest possible deal for local children.”

Graham with Education Minister Sam Gyimah at Fair School Funding event this summer

Graham with Education Minister Sam Gyimah at a fair school funding campaign event this summer

MP’s drop-in Surgery at The Cherry Tree Centre in Beverley this Friday

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

slide-03Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, is holding one of his regular drop-in surgeries at the Cherry Tree Centre in Beverley this Friday, 20 November, between 2pm and 4pm.

Graham said “Beverley residents tell me my monthly drop-in surgeries at The Cherry Tree Centre in Beverley are a useful opportunity to come and speak to me in confidence about problems they’re having with housing, benefits and neighbourhood issues. I welcome the chance to offer my help and advice and look forward to doing what I can to assist on Friday.”

Meet Graham on Saturday in Withernsea

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, is holding one of his popular Street Surgeries in Withernsea this Saturday, 14 November, between 10.30am and noon, outside Aldi. No appointment is necessary.Street Surgery - Withernsea with Councillors

Graham said “I’m looking forward to catching up with my constituents in Withernsea on Saturday. If there’s a problem I can assist with I’d like to help if I can, and I look forward to exchanging views with residents on local and national issues”.


Please take part in the Council’s consultation on the future of the Library Service

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Reading is one of life’s great pleasures and with access to the Library there are endless subjects to learn about, and thousands of novels to borrow. As well as the Council’s libraries in Beverley, Hedon and Hornsea there are mobile libraries visiting 383 locations in our area. And Libraries are not just for borrowing books – they’re a great place to read the newspapers, or to use the free computers for hobbies or job searching.

East Riding Council has a consultation open until 21 December on how we wish to see the Library Service in future. Please take a few minutes to fill in the online consultation here: www2.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/libraries-consultation/


Graham endorses BBC Barker’s Breakfast Club for Armed Forces Veterans

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

BBC Breakfast Club for veterans meeting with Dereck Hardman and Andy Batty 30.10.15Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, has fully endorsed the idea of “Breakfast Clubs” as a means to helping members of the Armed Forces returning to civilian life.

Meeting with constituents Dereck Hardman from Ganstead and Andy Batty from Preston, Graham heard first hand of the success of the Breakfast Clubs throughout the UK and Europe.  The idea of the Breakfast Clubs was conceived by Dereck. He and Andy, who is the Welfare Officer of the Club, served with the Royal Engineers for over a decade but on his return to civilian life Dereck found, like many others, ex-service personnel were often faced with difficulties in obtaining advice on how to cope with many everyday issues.

In 2007 Dereck set up the first Breakfast Club in Hull – BBC Barker’s Breakfast Club – and found it to be a popular meeting point for many ex-servicemen and women in the area.

Dereck said “We find these informal gatherings go a long way to helping veterans and former colleagues meet the challenges we all face on leaving the services. Our Breakfast Clubs have brought together many who face problems ranging from post-traumatic-stress disorder to family issues and housing.  I am particularly proud that this whole international organisation, which has been built by veterans, for veterans, was started here in Hull. The idea quickly took off and we now have seventy four clubs in the UK and four more in Europe.”

Dereck feels that these Breakfast Clubs could prove to be a real asset in the future and is keen to invite individual re-settlement officers to visit the Hull club.  “Making those leaving the forces aware of our Breakfast Clubs as part of their re-settlement programme would ease many with the transition into civilian life,” he added with conviction.

Graham said “I recognise there are many difficulties facing ex-servicemen on discharge, especially those with PTSD and other physical and psychological problems.  I commend Dereck Hardman, Andy Batty and the BBC Barker’s Breakfast Club for their initiative and its on-going success.”



Residents near Flemingate development suffer “parking mayhem” they tell Graham Stuart MP

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Priory Road residents photo

At a meeting on Friday 30 October, Graham Stuart MP, accompanied by East Riding Councillor David Elvidge, heard first hand from thirty residents of Priory Road in Beverley and surrounding streets what it has been like to live close to the Flemingate development construction site.

Becks Farr, who lives in Priory Road said “The parking situation has gone from terrible to intolerable in the space of weeks.  Despite assurances made to the planning committee, Wilmott Dixon and Wykelands have failed to provide adequate parking for their construction workers and have made no attempt to address the issue. Another major concern shared by all residents is that neither fire engines nor ambulances would be able to access these streets under the parking mayhem.

“Noise and stress have become the norm and everyday living has become a nightmare.  Building debris, paints and general rubbish is being dumped on pavements or deliberately strewn on once immaculate gardens.

“Several residents were granted permission to have kerbs dropped to enable parking directly in front of their properties, but days later these permissions were rescinded with no proper explanation provided by the Council.”

Steve Reed of Birchwood Garage on Priory Road said “I can’t get customers in and out of the garage, especially if it’s Transit vans or motor homes – the only way is if the customer comes before 7.30am when the construction traffic arrives, and after 6.30pm when they go.  For six weeks I had construction workers parking in my garage car park and they often refused to move.  The other morning there was a car parked across the junction. I’ve put up with the parking mayhem long enough. Wykeland and the Council should have thought of the parking problems before construction started, and it seems to have been totally overlooked.”

Following the meeting Councillor David Elvidge said “The residents have had to put up with a lot, and have done so with resignation until recently. I will be doing what I can to make sure life improves for them and will take up their complaints against the Council on their behalf. The Council will implement a controlled parking zone but given that a consultation has to take place first it’s unlikely to be in operation until May next year.

Graham Stuart MP said “At the meeting I heard the anger and frustration from residents at mud, dust, noise and general disruption which has made life unbearable. The residents are generally a tolerant bunch but they’ve been pushed over the edge. They told me the bins haven’t been emptied on occasion, carers have struggled to get down the road to look after the elderly, and the GP couldn’t park.  I have made sure Council officers hear these very real concerns as actions need to be taken so residents can get back to normal life. The Council also needs to make sure it listens to the very real concerns of residents when making future changes to parking and one-way streets.”

Graham Stuart MP holding Street Surgery in Hornsea this Saturday 31 October

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Beverley & Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, will be on Newbegin, near the shops, in Hornsea this Saturday, 31 October, between 10.30am and noon, holding one of his regular Street Surgeries in the town.  No appointment is necessary.

Graham said “I’m looking forward to my visit to Hornsea on Saturday to talk to any residents who wish to raise an issue with me, ask for my assistance, or who just want to have a chat.  My Street Surgeries are a great way for people to let me know about what’s going on in the community and how I might help or to raise any problems they’re having with the Council or Government departments that they haven’t managed to sort out.”

Drop-in Surgery at The Cherry Tree Centre this Friday

Monday, October 26th, 2015


Beverley & Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, is holding a drop-in Surgery at the Cherry Tree Centre in Beverley this Friday, 30 October, between 2pm and 4pm. No appointment is necessary.

Graham said “My monthly drop-in surgeries at The Cherry Tree Centre are popular with Beverley residents who wish to ask my advice on problems they’re having with the Council or with Government departments like the DWP or the DVLA for example.  I’m always happy to offer assistance where I can and find that I’m often able to help resolve issues for residents who’ve been battling on by themselves without success. If anyone thinks I might be able to help they should come down to the Cherry Tree Centre on Friday to see me.”