DVLA overturns licence decision after pressure from local MP

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.” Read the rest of this entry »

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham promotes new funding for church roofs

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham celebrates new flood defence funding for the Humber

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »