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Beverley & Holderness MP praises renewables firm

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Martin Bleasby (Discover Energy), Graham Stuart MP and Jack Oxtoby (Discover Energy)

Martin Bleasby (Discover Energy), Graham Stuart MP and Jack Oxtoby (Discover Energy)

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart has praised the work being done by a fast expanding local energy firm and urged more companies in the region to turn ‘green’.

Mr Stuart was visiting the new offices of Beverley-based Discover Energy where he heard of the latest developments in solar PV panel technology and why firms in East Yorkshire are increasingly fitting panels to their roofs.

Among the high profile clients who have opted to boost their green credentials with solar panels from Discover Energy is top tourist attraction The Deep which is going to install more than 300 panels on its business centre roof. (more…)

Burden Road Track Fitness and Boxing Club goes from Strength to Strength

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Cllr Bryan Pearson, Cllr Elaine Aird, Graham Stuart MP, Cllr David Elvidge, Cllr Kerri Harold

Cllr Bryan Pearson, Cllr Elaine Aird, Graham Stuart MP, Cllr David Elvidge, Cllr Kerri Harold

Burden Road Track Fitness and Boxing Club in Beverley celebrated its first anniversary with an open day last Friday.  The Club was opened by local people who recognised the potential of an underused asset at Burden Road Youth Centre.

Since the creation of the Club the usage of the Burden Road Centre has increased by over 16% with around 80 adults and children attending the Club each week.

Councillor Kerri Harold who supported the creation of the club said, “It’s been a great year at the Burden Road Youth Centre, I’m so pleased to see the Track Fitness and Boxing Club going from strength to strength.  It’s vital we are able to utilise all of our assets to the benefit of the community and I fully commend the efforts of everybody who has been involved. (more…)

“essential” EU undertaking is honoured to safeguard Saltend biofuel plant

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Vivergo Graham Stuart MP (left) with apprentices and MD Mark Chesworth.

Graham with apprentices Kallum Templeman and Lewis McKee with Mark Chesworth, Managing Director of Vivergo Fuels

Graham Stuart, the MP for Beverley and Holderness, has said it is “essential” that the EU honours its undertakings and allows biofuels to represent at least 7% of transport fuels when it votes on the introduction of a cap on biofuel use next week. 

Saltend-based biofuel plant Vivergo, which makes petrol additives from wheat, would be negatively affected if a lower cap is imposed by Brussels.

Commenting on next week’s vote in the European Parliament, Graham said, “Vivergo made a substantial investment in biofuels on the basis that these would represent up to 10% of the transport mix.  They are an excellent business, generating year-round demand for locally produced wheat, supporting British farming and generating clean energy.  I visited the site when it was under construction in 2011 and it was good to be invited back again last week to see it running at full capacity. (more…)

Graham unveils new £5.5m facilities at Bishop Burton College

Monday, February 16th, 2015

bbcollege STEM launch with Jeanette Dawson and Councillor Pat O’NeilGraham Stuart, Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness and Chair of the Education Select Committee unveiled three new state-of-the-art facilities at Bishop Burton College today.

More than £5.5m has been invested in the new facilities including the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre, the Humber Energy Centre and the Technology and Skills Centre. The new facilities will offer unparalleled access to the latest in modern technology, and will enable to College to respond to skills shortages in the region and beyond. (more…)

“We’ve had enough” says MP

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Graham with Cllr Arthur Hodgson and Cllr Kevan Hough inspecting a drain in South Holderness

South Holderness Internal Drainage Board has vented its frustration at the length of time it’s taking the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to consider a licence exemption application for dredging Stone Creek.

The Board applied for the licence exemption in August 2014 and still have not heard if their request has been granted. 

Chairman of the Board, John Maston commented, “We’re carrying out this work in conjunction with the Environment Agency who are exempt from the licencing and we’ve been told by the MMO that an organisation is exempted from licencing if undertaking the work on behalf of the EA.  It’s crazy that it is taking so long for the them make the decision; in the meantime we’re left unable to undertake the vital dredging work and many of the rate payers from the district are asking why it hasn’t been done. (more…)

Students get more than they bargained for when Graham visited their lecture

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

East Riding College media interviewStudents studying for a BA in Contemporary Media Design and Production at East Riding College invited Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart to attend one of their lectures in order for them to gain experience in engagement with politicians.

But the students got more than they bargained for when the campaigning MP, who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Education Select Committee was requested to be interviewed by the BBC over the publication of GCSE league tables on the same day as his visit to the College. (more…)

Graham welcomes major new schools investment in Beverley and Holderness

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Graham Stuart MP

Graham Stuart has welcomed the announcement of important new schools investment in Beverley and Holderness.  Longcroft School in Beverley and Withernsea Primary School will both receive funding for major capital projects under the second phase of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme, which is worth around £2 billion in total.  At Longcroft School this will enable the replacement of the Lower School Building and at Withernsea Primary this will allow the infant school to be rebuilt.

The amount of Government money given to East Riding of Yorkshire Council via Schools Condition Allocations will also rise from the current £5.018 million to £5.377 million in 2015/16, an increase of £359,000 or 7%.  This means that East Riding of Yorkshire Council can confirm that planned works at local schools such as Beverley St Nicholas Primary can proceed.  A total of around £4 million has been allocated to renovation work on the school site over the period 2015-2017, and it is hoped the work will now be completed for the beginning of the 2017 school year.  (more…)

MPs urge Government to address VAT anomaly that threatens the success of Sixth Form Colleges

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Graham Stuart Letter - APPG Photo A cross-party group of 75 MPs, led by Conservative Graham Stuart, the Chairman of the Education Select Committee, has written to Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, urging her to support the introduction of a VAT refund scheme for the 93 Sixth Form Colleges in England. (more…)

Graham delighted at new direct train service from Beverley to London

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

graham with train landscapeGraham Stuart, campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, is delighted over the move from First Hull Trains to give the residents of Beverley a direct train service to London Kings Cross Station which will commence from Wednesday 4th February. This announcement comes after months of hard work to gain approval from the Office of Rail Regulation.

This is the first ever direct service to run from Beverley to London and the first service to provide access to free 4G enabled Wi-Fi across all carriages. (more…)

Graham writes to the National Union of Teachers about academies

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Graham Stuart MP – Letter to NUT about academies