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Nadine Dorries
Community Policing
Posted Tuesday, 7 November 2017 at 16:16

This morning there was a debate in Parliament about community policing. I would have loved to contribute on behalf of Bedfordshire Police but I was chairing the debate and had to remain impartial.

Beds Police have a very effective model of community policing and I was pleased to hear this point being made by Andrew Selous MP, my Parliamentary neighbour in Bedfordshire.

I am continuing to work with our Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, to press the government for a fairer funding settlement for Beds Police.

Bedfordshire has a complex crime environment, including an international airport and instances of extremism, but we are funded as a small rural force. This cannot continue.

When I’m chairing a debate I cannot take sides. At all other times I will bang the drum for Bedfordshire, including pressing for more money for our hard-working, under-appreciated police force.

Well done to Andrew Selous for making the points I couldn't and representing Bedfordshire in a powerful, thoughtful and concise way!

 
 
Covanta: Environment Agency Consultation Closing Soon
Posted Friday, 3 November 2017 at 11:19

Despite my lengthy and hard fought campaign, in 2013 planning permission was given for the Covanta energy from waste incinerator at Rookery Pit in Stewartby. However, to actually run the plant Covanta must have an operating permit from the Environment Agency.

The Environment Agency’s second consultation period closes soon and it is vital that as many constituents as possible object to the granting of an operating permit. As well as numbers, the objections have to be tailored to the remit of the Environment Agency.

The Environment Agency is only concerned with the actual running of the plant and any emissions or harm to the environment or people that comes from the actual installation itself. The EA needs to make sure that a permit will ensure a high level of protection is provided for the environment and human health.

Other important issues such as landscape and visual impact, or traffic movements to and from the plant, were considered as part of the Development Consent Order process some years ago. They are not part of the remit of the Environment Agency and will not be considered by them.

The EA have already held one round of public consultation, which generated a very high level of interest and public responses. The EA are now minded to grant a permit, subject to a number of conditions, and are now holding a second round of consultation on this draft decision. This closes on the 7th of November.

Here’s the link: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mk43-9ly-covanta-energy-limited-environmental-permit-draft-decision-advertisement

The most important thing you can do is respond to the consultation to show the high level of public interest and concern.  If you wish to object to a permit being granted, the types of comments you might like to make could include;

There are too many areas of uncertainty for the Environment Agency to be able to issue an operating permit with confidence. For example
Worries about the effect of temperature inversions on the safe dispersal of emissions.

Concerns about nano-particle emission, especially as there is no method at present of continuously monitoring the level of nano-particles in the environment. Nor is there a safe emission limit set.

Concerns about Covanta’s operating record in other parts of the world. For example, just this year in Dublin 11 people were hospitalised after a lime spill at Covanta’s plant.

Worries that the population in the Borough and the Marston Vale has grown substantially since planning permission was granted initially 6 years ago. Things have changed locally, and the EA consultation process has not taken enough account of this – by not being sufficiently accessible or well enough advertised. Many local people are confused by the planning/permitting process. Much better community engagement is needed.

The Development Consent Order was first issued 6 years ago, based on many studies that are now out of date. The Environment Agency should insist that new environmental studies are carried out, and the permitting process based on those.

Finally, one good thing:

There are worries about dust contamination from the bottom ash storage. The draft permit requires Covanta to store bottom ash in a covered building. This is very welcome and should be supported.

If you do not submit an objection to the Environment Agency, please don’t complain to me when a permit is granted!

Please do not leave this to your neighbour, as your neighbour will be leaving it to you!

 
 
Gypsy & Traveller Debate in Parliament
Posted Wednesday, 25 October 2017 at 09:31
 
 
An Open Letter from the Prime Minister
Posted Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 12:14

As I travel to Brussels today, I know that many people will be looking to us – the leaders of the 28 nations in the European Union – to demonstrate we are putting people first.

I have been clear throughout this process that citizens’ rights are my first priority. And I know my fellow leaders have the same objective: to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU.

I want to give reassurance that this issue remains a priority, that we are united on the key principles, and that the focus over the weeks to come will be delivering an agreement that works for people here in the UK, and people in the EU.

When we started this process, some accused us of treating EU nationals as bargaining chips. Nothing could have been further from the truth. EU citizens who have made their lives in the UK have made a huge contribution to our country. And we want them and their families to stay. I couldn’t be clearer: EU citizens living lawfully in the UK today will be able to stay.

But this agreement will not only provide certainty about residence, but also healthcare, pensions and other benefits. It will mean that EU citizens who have paid into the UK system – and UK nationals into the system of an EU27 country – can benefit from what they’ve put in. It will enable families who have built their lives together in the EU and UK to stay together. And it will provide guarantees that the rights of those UK nationals currently living in the EU, and EU citizens currently living in the UK will not diverge over time.

What that leaves us with is a small number of important points to finalise. That is to be expected at this point in negotiations. We are in touching distance of agreement. I know both sides will consider each other's proposals for finalising the agreement with an open mind and with flexibility and creativity on both sides, I am confident that we can conclude discussions on citizens’ rights in the coming weeks.

I know there is real anxiety about how the agreement will be implemented. People are concerned that the process will be complicated and bureaucratic, and will put up hurdles that are difficult to overcome. I want to provide reassurance here too.

We are developing a streamlined digital process for those applying for settled status in the UK in the future. This process will be designed with users in mind, and we will engage with them every step of the way. We will keep the cost as low as possible – no more than the cost of a UK passport. The criteria applied will be simple, transparent and strictly in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement. People applying will not have to account for every trip they have taken in and out of the UK and will no longer have to demonstrate Comprehensive Sickness Insurance as they currently have to under EU rules. And importantly, for any EU citizen who holds Permanent Residence under the old scheme, there will be a simple process put in place to swap their current status for UK settled status.

To keep development of the system on track, the Government is also setting up a User Group that will include representatives of EU citizens in the UK, and digital, technical and legal experts. This group will meet regularly, ensuring the process is transparent and responds properly to users’ needs. And we recognise that British nationals living in the EU27 will be similarly concerned about potential changes to processes after the UK leaves the EU. We have repeatedly flagged these issues during the negotiations. And we are keen to work closely with EU Member States to ensure their processes are equally streamlined.

We want people to stay and we want families to stay together. We hugely value the contributions that EU nationals make to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the UK. And I know that Member States value equally UK nationals living in their communities. 

I hope that these reassurances, alongside those made by both the UK and the European Commission last week, will provide further helpful certainty to the four million people who were understandably anxious about what Brexit would mean for their futures.

 
 
My letter about Sir David Norgrove's comments
Posted Wednesday, 20 September 2017 at 10:44
 
 
Boris and Bleak House.
Posted Sunday, 17 September 2017 at 10:09

An article penned by Boris Johnson, is a beautiful thing. He is Immediately identifiable as the original author. In a world of plentiful political utterances, where every single word is put through the interdicting process of speech writing teams producing anodyne and immediately forgettable commentary, it is, beautiful.

What other politician would reference Jarndyce v Jarndyce, the background plot to Dickens Bleak House depicting a protracted court case lasting for many generations when writing about the EU? The answer is none. There is simply no other politician with the mental agility to draw a parallel between the epic Bleak House and the monumental ‘cats cradle of red tape,’ that binds members of the European Union. The intentional bureaucratic process that restrains citizens from taking advantage of the new, exciting, technological world in which we live. In Bleak House Dickens writes in reference to Jarndyce v Jarndyce,

  
this scarecrow of a suit has, over the course of time, become so complicated, that no man alive knows what it means.’ Dickens could have been writing about the EU today. Boris was.

The article in itself is, in direct contrast to Bleak House, a sunny optimistic vision of Britain following Brexit. And, we can never forget, Boris was the key player in delivering Brexit on behalf of the British people. He details in words impossible to disagree with, the reasons to be cheerful and in doing so, sets a fantastic platform on which to launch the conference season. He builds a supporting framework within which our Prime Minister will deliver her Florence speech next week. To the journalists in a post Boris article spin, this is not a leadership challenge, there is no appetite for that. MPs don’t want one, Conservative party members don’t want one, and the country would never forgive us if we held one. What MPs want is Theresa May to deliver an advantageous Brexit, in which we can increase our trade markets, cut VAT, simplify tax, embrace technology, invest in the NHS, science and the environment and so much more. And then, as in the closing lines of Bleak House, it will be over.

‘We asked him if he knew what was doing in it? He said, really no he did not, nobody ever did; but as well as he could make out, it was over. Over for the day? we asked him. No, he said; over for good.

Over for good!

 
 
Aspley Guise Lower School came to Parliament
Posted Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 13:27


It was a huge pleasure to welcome the children from Aspley Guise Lower School to Parliament yesterday.

Bright, funny, inciteful, they were full of questions and intetesting ideas. I asked them to use single words to describe their village to me. Peaceful, beautiful and even historic were the words they used. Who could ask for more?

Thank you so much teachers for making the effort to bring the children to visit the home of our democracy and for the educational tour.

 
 
Marston Moretaine - UPDATE
Posted Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 08:30

Following my appeal to Kathryn Holloway, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and a discussion with Bedfordshire Police yesterday, Beds Police moved swiftly and enacted section 61, moving the travellers from Marston Moretaine playing fields and sports pavilion.

I know this problem has been going on for several months. When travellers were moved on, often they just went elsewhere in the village, sometimes they just moved up the road. When no prompt enforcement action took place, the travellers brought more cars, caravans and people to the village.

Residents’ lives have been made intolerable by a subsequent surge in petty crime. Theft, vandalism and instances of threatening behaviour have increased in the village. Some locals are afraid of leaving their homes unoccupied when they go to work.

Having been moved from the playing fields the travellers have once again moved elsewhere in the village. I’m told they are now on council land and I look forward to working with CBC to make sure that the enforcement powers they have are used swiftly. CBC need to act as promptly as Bedfordshire Police, who were exemplary in the way they executed the removal. 

Sadly, the playing fields that have been nurtured and maintained to a high standard for years have been churned up and destroyed, a huge impact on the leisure facilities of the village. Children's football, cricket and adult leisure are all affected. 

I will again today continue to press those who have the powers to act and will be in the village on Friday to meet with residents and to once again see the damage, litter and destruction for myself.

 
 
A Message From Boris...
Posted Monday, 12 June 2017 at 11:52

The last Tory defeat of the election was announced on Friday evening at Kensington town hall – and the triumphalism of the Corbynistas could not be contained.

You might have thought they would have something gracious to say to Victoria Borwick, who for years served selflessly as my deputy mayor in London, seven days a week, lending her support to community groups and charities across the capital.

Oh no. They jeered at the outgoing MP, when it was finally clear that she had lost by 20 votes. They called her four letter names – Tory scum being about the only printable one. They banged their bongo drums and chanted their slogans, only breaking off to hiss when she emerged.

I record this partly to show that Jeremy Corbyn’s Momentum crew are not perhaps as nice as all that, but mainly to show that they are also slightly delusional about the election that has just taken place. To judge by the reaction on the left, it is as if the Labour leader had won a landslide.

Corbyn is being hailed as a messiah, a miracle man – greeted with rapturous ovations wherever he goes (and no jeering from any dissenting Tories that happen to be there; one of the advantages Mr Corbyn has had in his public appearances is that Tories are generally too polite or just good natured to heckle…)

To judge by the media coverage, it is as if the Tories had been routed – reduced to a handful of shire seats, perhaps, with a walloping on the scale of 1906 or 1997. None of this accords with the simple facts of what has happened.

Yes, it was a very disappointing night for the Conservatives, and yes, it is easy now to see – in retrospect – that the campaign did not go well, to put it mildly. We failed to predict the collapse of the Lib Dems, or the way the UKIP vote would split. Key Tory messages got lost or were misunderstood.

But at the risk of stating the obvious, Jeremy Corbyn Did Not Win This Election. He didn’t even come close. Yes, he picked up Kensington - but then he also lost Mansfield.

For all his ludicrous boasting, Mr Corbyn does not have the numbers to form a government, even if he could get the Liberals and the Scottish Nationalists to serve under him. He has about as many MPs as Gordon Brown when he was defeated in 2010.

Theresa May still leads by far the largest party in the House of Commons and the polls were right in one sense - that for the first time in decades the Tories got about 43 per cent of the vote.

Theresa May led a campaign that inspired 13.7 m people to vote Conservative, in the biggest total tally of Tory votes since the days of Margaret Thatcher. That is a stunning achievement, for which she deserves the support of her party. And she will certainly get it from me.

Without an absolute majority we will now have to coordinate with the DUP from Northern Ireland. But that is feasible - and before Labour object, someone should remind them that they tried to do exactly the same thing in 2010.

To those that say the PM should step down, or that we need another election or even - God help us - a second referendum, I say come off it. Get a grip, everyone.

This is the third year running that we have forced the people out to the polls. This is the third year running that they have been accosted at stations and asked for their support, or had campaign literature thrust into their hands.

Theresa May vows to form a government and lead Brexit negotiations after General Election My judgement is that they are fed up to the back teeth with all this.They are fed up with politics, politicians and the uncertainty and dislocation of the electoral process. They overwhelmingly want us to get on with the job.

Yes, of course it is partly about Brexit and we must get that right. There can be no backsliding from the objectives the PM set out in the campaign - taking back control of our laws, our borders, our cash; but also ensuring that we have a great new partnership with the EU that allows us to trade more freely and enthusiastically than ever.

We have about 90 per cent of MPs now elected on a manifesto of getting out of the EU - and surely to goodness it is possible to build a consensus about how to do a great deal for the UK - and the EU.

But if the election taught us one thing it is that it was not just about Brexit. We all heard the same anxieties during the campaign; about the NHS, about funding for schools, about the cost and shortage of housing.

On all those great questions we Conservatives have much better ideas than Corbyn, with his fantasy money and his obsession with bringing back the unions.

We will build record numbers of good new homes. We will put more money into healthcare. We will continue with the biggest programme of infrastructure for the last 100 years. We will keep taxes low and stimulate this great enterprise economy.

The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking. Now is the time for delivery - and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work.

 
 
Manchester
Posted Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at 09:34
The events of last night have left everyone reeling with shock. The lives of parents and families are devastated, never to be the same again. My prayers and thoughts are with those parents, living through the worst nightmare of every parent - and their precious families during this time of tragic loss.  
 
 
Covanta: The Latest
Posted Thursday, 20 April 2017 at 10:49

Yesterday we marked an important step in Mid-Bedfordshire’s ongoing fight against the Covanta energy from waste incinerator.

As most of you know, I have always fiercely opposed Covanta. I have called many public meetings to coordinate public resistance.

I have led rallies against it, presented petitions and met Covanta both locally and in Westminster on a number of occasions to voice local opposition.

I supported residents during the court process, have called debates in Parliament highlighting residents’ concerns and lobbied the local council, former Infrastructure Audit Committee, Ministers and the Environment Agency.

Over the years, I have done all that it is possible in my capacity as an MP to do. 

The fact is that the parliamentary constituency boundaries of Mid Bedfordshire are to be re-drawn and Covanta will soon fall into the Bedford constituency, not Mid Beds.

Once this happens, any campaign in the future has to and will be led by Richard Fuller and not myself. However, in the same way I have always had Richard’s support over the years to oppose Covanta, he will have mine.

In the meantime, I will continue to lobby, struggle and fight against the proposal. Only yesterday morning I held further discussions with the leader of Central Bedfordshire Council to this end.

 
 
My Debate About Banking Services in Ampthill
Posted Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 05:48
 
 
 
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