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Graham Delivers Christmas Cheer to Posties

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Royal Mail Sorting Office - Christmas VisitGraham Stuart MP has visited Royal Mail’s Beverley delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

Mr Stuart was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Joseph Robinson, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas. (more…)

Government signs new deal to improve mobile coverage

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Graham Stuart MPThis week the Government signed a legally binding deal with the UK’s mobile operators, bringing investment into infrastructure and committing each operator to 90 per cent geographic coverage of the UK by 2017.

Commenting on the new deal, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart said, “Mobile coverage in the UK is simply not good enough, particularly in rural areas, and I’m pleased to see steps being taken that will commit operators to improving service availability.

“This is a legally binding deal that will see a significant reduction in mobile not-spots and partial not-spots at the same time as maintaining competition and increasing data capabilities.  This is a positive move that reflects the way in which many people use their mobile phones nowadays.” (more…)

Graham to hold drop-in surgery at the Cherry Tree Advice Centre in Beverley

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Graham will be holding a drop-in session at the Cherry Tree Advice Centre in Beverley tomorrow (Friday 19th December) from 2pm – 4pm.

Residents are invited to come and speak to Graham about any issues or concerns they may have. No appointment is necessary. 

MPs speak out against fishing net licence proposal

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Graham Stuart MPTwo East Yorkshire MPs have spoken out against a proposal by the Environment Agency to introduce a byelaw that will require gill-net fishermen to stay with their nets at all times.

The proposal to introduce the byelaw is currently out to public consultation and has come about due to complaints from gill-net fishermen in the North East who are already required to stay with their nets.  The fishermen in the north claim it’s unfair that they have to stay with their nets when those in East Yorkshire are able to leave theirs to pursue other income while the nets remain fishing.

Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart said, “A fisherman in my constituency has written to me to say that he will be put out of business if the Environment Agency’s preferred option of implementing a byelaw is taken forward. (more…)

DVLA overturns licence decision after pressure from local MP

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Geoff Bullingham (left) with Graham Stuart MP and Simon Thorp

Geoff Bullingham (left) with Graham Stuart MP and Simon Thorp

A motorist who has been driving for 40 years was told by the DVLA that he didn’t have a full licence.  Geoff Bullingham of Whimbrel Avenue in Hornsea strenuously disagreed and contacted his Member of Parliament, Graham Stuart.

The row began after Mr Bullingham discovered that his licence was missing and sent off to DVLA for a replacement – enclosing a photocopy of the original.

Mr Bullingham said “I was astonished to get a reply from DVLA to say that according to their records I didn’t have a full driving licence, only a provisional one, and they expected me to go through the time and expense of taking my driving test again.  I had no idea what to do next as I was completely dumfounded.  I’m really pleased I contacted Graham about this because he immediately saw my point of view and said he’d do what he could to make the DVLA see sense.”

Graham said, “I met Geoff and could not believe the DVLA was insisting he didn’t have a licence when I was actually holding a copy of it in my hand.  I took up the matter at Ministerial level and, after much pressure, DVLA changed its decision and is issuing Geoff with the full driving licence which he is entitled to.  I’m really pleased for him and glad I was able to help.” (more…)

Graham writes for Politics.co.uk on English Votes for English Laws

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

It’s time to let English MPs speak for England

Tony Blair famously told the Labour Party they were best when they were boldest.  What he didn’t say is that New Labour often only got to be bold in England thanks to the votes of Scottish MPs.  Take two of their most controversial reforms: the introduction of foundation hospitals in 2003 and of university tuition fees in 2004.  These had profound consequences for the NHS and young people.  Crucially, Labour was only able to pass this legislation because of the votes of Scottish MPs.  If the votes had been restricted to English MPs, the Government would have been defeated.

It is 37 years since Labour MP Tam Dalyell first posed the West Lothian question, asking how it could be fair that MPs from Scotland should be able to vote on matters that only affect England.  As Parliament grappled with proposals for Scottish devolution, he gave the example of a Scottish MP voting on matters affecting Blackburn in Lancashire but that didn’t affect Blackburn in West Lothian. (more…)

Graham promotes new funding for church roofs

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Graham outside St Peter’s Church, Bilton

Graham outside St Peter’s Church, Bilton

In last week’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a special fund of £15 million to pay for repairs to roofs and guttering on vulnerable listed church buildings.

The fund is open to any listed church building where roof and gutter repairs have been identified as urgent and necessary.  Applicants are invited to apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000.  Awards have to be allocated by the 31st March and the deadline for submissions is 30th January 2015. (more…)

Graham celebrates new flood defence funding for the Humber

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Graham lobbying the Prime Minister for additional funding for flood defences in the Humber region

Graham lobbying the Prime Minister for additional funding for flood defences in the Humber region

Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has welcomed the announcement today of £80 million Government funding to improve flood defences in the Humber region.

Over the past 12 months Graham has been working alongside fellow MPs from the Humber area to lobby ministers for money to deliver the plans outlined in the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy and the Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The £80 million package for the Humber area includes £27 million for the Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme over the next 6 years. This will include new coastal defences for Paull and ground water schemes for Paull, Thorngumbald, Bilton and the Town of Hedon. (more…)

Graham welcomes East Coast Franchise Announcement

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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. (more…)

Graham to raise money for Withernsea Defibrillators

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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. (more…)