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Queen’s Speech sends a “powerful message of social justice”

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Graham Stuart MP has described the Queen’s Speech as sending a “powerful message of social justice”.

The Government announced a programme to increase job creation, improve public services, extend home ownership and bring the national finances back under control.

Graham said, “The Queen’s Speech builds on the progress made over the last five years and sets the stage for Britain to move to the next stage of the recovery.  People across Beverley and Holderness will be delighted that there will be no increase in personal taxation while working families will benefit from greater access to childcare.

“There is particularly good news when it comes to housing.  Extending the Right to Buy to the tenants of Housing Associations will bring home ownership within the reach of 1.3 million more families.  Councils will be required to sell high-value council houses and put the money into building affordable homes, while 200,000 discounted Starter Homes will be built for young first-time buyers.

“School reform will continue to ensure all schools offer their pupils a high quality education, while the Government will continue increasing spending on our health service, by at least £8 billion a year by 2020, and create a genuinely seven-day NHS.

“There will also be some important constitutional changes to promote basic fairness in our democracy, including ensuring English MPs have a veto over matters only affecting England, as I have called for through my Fair Votes For All campaign, and holding an in-out EU referendum by the end of 2017.

“Together, these measures send a powerful message of social justice and I look forward to working with ministers to deliver these changes – and a better, stronger and fairer Britain.”

Graham Stuart Re-elected

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Graham Stuart has been returned to represent the constituency of Beverley and Holderness with a majority of 12,203 over nearest rival Labour.

Hustings in Beverley and Holderness

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Friday 17th April 2015: Hustings – North Holderness Churches Together, Hornsea Town Hall 7.30pm

Tuesday 28th April 2015: Hustings – Beverley Minster 7.30pm

Wednesday 29th April 2015: Hustings – Withernsea Methodist Church 6pm

Thursday 30th April 2015: Hustings – St Augustine’s Church, Hedon 7.30pm

£6 million to upgrade street lights in East Riding

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Graham Stuart MP with Cllr Mike Bryan and Cllr John Dennis

Graham Stuart MP with Cllr Mike Bryan and Cllr John Dennis

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been awarded £6 million from the Department for Transport to replace all 9,000 street lighting columns over 40 years old in East Riding, and will also upgrade the remaining 19,000 yellow/orange lamps to new LED light systems.

Commenting on the announcement today, Graham Stuart MP said, “I’m delighted the Department for Transport has given this money to East Riding to replace street lights and I congratulate the Council for putting forward a strong case for the funding. (more…)

Campaign goes on for better broadband in East Riding

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Broadband East Riding - North Newbald March 2015

MPs and Councillors with Bill Murphy from BT in North Newbald

Broadband in East Riding is pretty slow, especially for people living in remote areas. To help improve the service, the Government has given East Riding of Yorkshire Council money to lay new cables so residents can connect to the internet much faster.

Last week, MPs from across East Riding met with top management from BT and the Council and to find out how the project is progressing and what the plans are to connect more properties to faster broadband in the future. (more…)

Transport Minister celebrates Hull Trains services

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Louise Mandham and Will Dunnett of Hull Trains with Robert Goodwill MP and Graham Stuart MP

Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport has personally endorsed Hull Trains efforts to expand its services within the region, as the company recently introduced a new direct service from Beverley to London for the very first time.

Mr Goodwill MP and Graham Stuart, campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, met with Will Dunnett, Managing Director of Hull Trains and Louise Mendham, Performance and Planning Manager on Thursday 12th March.

The Minister had travelled to Beverley to open the new Beverley Southern Relief Road, but wanted to visit Hull Trains to personally congratulate the company for their work in ensuring that the East Riding benefits from the social and economical opportunities that being directly connected to the capital can bring.

Mr Stuart says: “Hull Trains have always provided an excellent service and so last month I was delighted when the service extended to Beverley, meaning residents no longer have to go to Brough or Hull to get a direct service into London.

“The new extended service also provides an excellent opportunity for a weekend away in Beverley, and for those based in London, this provides the perfect chance to escape to rural East Yorkshire and explore the delights of our beautiful Georgian town.”

Mr Dunnett explains: “The new service is a part of our expansion plans to ensure that this year, the East Riding is connected to the capital like never before. Plus it is one of many steps we are taking to support Hull City of Culture in 2017. The direct service will also play a key part in supporting local tourism and creating opportunities for future business success.”

First Hull Trains runs 90 direct services each week from Hull to London Kings Cross. This year, First Hull Trains marks its 15th anniversary as a successful Open-Access operator that has experienced record growth in passenger numbers.

Commenting on the firm’s growth and commitments to the region, Mr Goodwill MP says: “We are seeing new services like this up and down the country as a result of the innovation and expertise of the train operators, accompanied by huge investment in improved rail infrastructure. These new services are also a testament to the growing popularity and demand for rail travel in this country, which I am very pleased to see.”

The open-access operator also has the support of MPs across the region for its project to electrify the track between Hull and Selby. Mr Dunnett says: “Electrifying the railway will bring considerable benefits to Hull and the towns we serve.”

Hull Trains has also recently secured a three-year extension to its contract to allow it to continue to run its direct services to London Kings Cross until 2019.  The news came on the back of an unprecedented year in 2014 for the rail operator which has simultaneously announced strong growth in passenger numbers and exceptional satisfaction scores from its customers.

Dynamic New Day Care Centre in Hedon

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Active Day Care - Hedon

Graham Stuart MP with Cllr Mike Bryan and Cllr John Dennis with staff and members of Active Day Care in Hedon

A new day care centre in Hedon has opened recently to offer energetic and dynamic activities for young adults with learning difficulties.  Active Day Care recognises that younger adults can be bored at day care centres with older or less able members, and so is offering a wide-range of lively activities to inspire and encourage younger people.

On Friday, Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness called into the centre to hear more about how it’s transforming the lives of young adults with learning difficulties (more…)

Dairy Farmers struggling as milk prices fall below cost of production

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Milking - Graham with Judith WaringThe cost of producing a litre of milk is around 30 pence, yet farmers are receiving as little as 20 pence per litre at the farm gate.  The reason for the falling price of milk is because supply is currently outstripping demand due to a lower than expected demand from China and Russia’s current ban on EU dairy imports. Intense competition from supermarket chains has also played its part.

Last week, Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness visited a dairy farmer in Cherry Burton to hear more about the issues the industry is facing. (more…)

Under-Secretary of State visits Beverley Westwood to meet local residents and hear more about the plans for a cycleway alongside the B1230

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Beverley Westwood CyclewayThe Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, who is responsible for cycling, has met with local residents and school children on Beverley Westwood to hear more about plans to create a cycleway alongside the B1230.

Commenting on the visit, Robert Goodwill said, “This Government has invested record levels of funding into the promotion of cycling, and it’s a real pleasure to see the positive impact that can have in East Yorkshire. People are more likely to cycle along routes free of cars and other traffic, so I hope this route will become very popular” (more…)

Construction Industry opens its door to inspire new recruits

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Flemingate Development with CouncillorsLast weekend, major construction sites across the UK opened their doors to the public to give people an in-depth look at developments in progress and an opportunity to meet some of the men and women who make it all happen.

On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March, Willmott Dixon opened Beverley’s Flemingate Site to visitors and local MP, Graham Stuart joined local Councillors to take a closer look at the site. (more…)