Graham writes to the National Union of Teachers about academies

Graham Stuart MP – Letter to NUT about academies

Graham welcomes measures to support local community pubs

Graham speaking with locals in the Crown and Anchor at Kilnsea

Graham speaking with locals in the Crown and Anchor at Kilnsea

Graham Stuart, campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, supports the government’s announcement to increase planning protection for valued community pubs. Under the Community Right to Bid, local people can nominate buildings and land as Assets of Community Value, such as pubs, which would then be approved by the council.

The Government plans to bring forward secondary legislation which would mean that in future where a pub is listed as an Asset of Community Value, a planning application would be required if the building was to be used for something other than a pub or be demolished. Across the nation, 600 pubs are already Assets of Community Value. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham Celebrates as Coastal Communities Funding is allocated for Kilnsea defences

Graham with the landlady of the Crown and Anchor at Kilnsea, Jean Bunker.

Graham with the landlady of the Crown and Anchor at Kilnsea, Jean Bunker.

Campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart is celebrating after East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been awarded £475,000 from the Government’s Coast Communities Fund, some of which will go towards reinstating sea defences at Kilnsea.

Commenting on the allocation Graham said, “I’m absolutely delighted to hear this money has been awarded to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and I congratulate the Council for submitting a strong bid.

“This is not the first time East Riding has bid for money but it’s the first time it’s been allocated in Beverley and Holderness. One of the main problems with the previous rounds of Coastal Communities Funding was that it couldn’t be used to improve flood defences or help communities facing coast erosion.

“In 2013 I wrote to the Secretary of State to highlight this problem and asked for the criteria to be changed.  Last year I was very pleased when the criteria for flood protection was included in the third round of funding. Kilnsea can now get on with the restoration of its coastal defences, which offer flood protection to homes and businesses as well as the coastal road which is the main access to the honey-pot visitor attraction of Spurn Point.” Read the rest of this entry »

Graham comments on “deeply concerning” NHS report

Graham Stuart MP has called a leaked report into the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust “deeply concerning”.  Mr Stuart, the MP for Beverley and Holderness, was responding to the article in yesterday’s Hull Daily Mail about the leaked report by external auditors KPMG into the Trust. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham joins the campaign for Flood Free Homes

Graham Stuart MP Jan 14Graham Stuart, campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, is supporting the campaign for Flood Free Homes, launched this week by the Association of British Insurers, supported by Friends of the Earth, Know Your Flood Risk, National Flood Forum, and the Property Care Association’s Flood Protection Group. The aim of the campaign is to raise the issue of long term flood defence investment and land and water management.

Flood Free Homes is campaigning for:

  • INVEST. By 2025 £1 billion per year to be spent managing flood risk in order to keep pace with climate change.
  • ADAPT. A zero tolerance of inappropriate new developments in areas at risk of flooding.
  • PLAN. Cross party consensus on ambitious long term solutions that manage all types of flood risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham welcomes funding for rural communities

Graham Stuart MP 2Graham Stuart, campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, welcomes the announcement that Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) will receive £2.3 million funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for 2015/16.

ACRE is a nationwide organisation that works closely with independent charities like Humber and the Wolds Rural Community Council.  These groups help to shape rural services and support rural communities to become more resilient. The work they do includes help for village halls, support to set up community oil buying schemes plus community planning and policy issues. Read the rest of this entry »

MPs Challenge Mobile Operators to up their game in East Yorkshire

Sir Greg, Graham, Martin Vickers, Ed Vaizey, Andrew PercyCampaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, has joined MPs from across East Yorkshire in a Westminster Hall debate calling on mobile phone operators to up their game in East Yorkshire.

During the debate Graham highlighted the importance of mobile phone services to businesses and called on the Government to do more to insist the mobile operators up their game in East Yorkshire and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham challenged to intervene for residents

Headshot 2012Graham Stuart, campaigning Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, joined a group of residents from Iveson Lodge in Hedon for one of their regular coffee mornings and to hear some concerns about the maintenance of the building.

Graham said, “I had a great morning at Iveson Lodge. The residents are full of energy and enthusiasm and make a formidable group when it comes to discussion of how Iveson Lodge should be run.  They raised some issues about improvements that need to be made to the building so I’ve written to Sanctuary Housing to ask for a condition survey to be done and to make improvements here a priority in their capital programme. Read the rest of this entry »

Graham meets Highways Agency over Hedon Road safety at Saltend

Graham with Hedon resident John Ledger and Highways Agency Officers Sarah Watson-Quirk and Damon Brown

Graham with Hedon resident John Ledger and Highways Agency Officers Sarah Watson-Quirk and Damon Brown

Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart has met with officers from the Highways Agency following concerns raised about the safety of Hedon Road at Saltend.

Commenting on the visit, Graham said, “This is a really busy area with heavy commercial traffic accessing the industrial site at Saltend as well as local traffic travelling between Hull and South Holderness.

“The road system works well for the majority of the time but there is always room for improvement.  During the meeting officers said they would take a look at ways in which visibility could be improved with more verge maintenance and undertake a review of the signage in the area to help motorists choose the correct lane on the approach to junctions.” Read the rest of this entry »

Graham visits award winning local employer

Graham with Alan Hemingway, Rhys Plater and Evie Molloy

Graham with Alan Hemingway, Rhys Plater and Evie Molloy

Hemingway Bailey Ltd on Friday welcomed Graham Stuart MP to their offices in Beverley to demonstrate their on going commitment to apprenticeships.

Hemingway Bailey, Chartered Management Accountants, was recently named as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds for their outstanding achievements as an employer of apprentices.

During the visit, Graham had the opportunity to speak to the company’s apprentices about their experiences of training on the job and their hopes and aspirations for the future.  Graham was also shown the complex level of work the apprentices achieve on a daily basis. Read the rest of this entry »