Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Visiting Basildon Hospital Radio's BHR1287 studio

I enjoyed my latest visit to Basildon Hospital Radio's BHR1287 studio for its Sunday request programme.
With volunteers and other guests at BHR1287
The radio station has a fantastic team of volunteers, who provide entertainment, news, and information to patients 24/7. This great community service is driven by the energy and commitment of those who help to run it, and I am always impressed by the level of enthusiasm I see on my visits to the station.

A big thank you to all the volunteers at BHR1287 for producing quality content for patients at the hospital.

In the BHR1287 studio for the request programme

Monday, 25 July 2016

Opening the new pitch at Bowers & Pitsea FC

It was a pleasure to be invited to officially open the new pitch at Bowers & Pitsea Football Club following its recent development.

Thank you to everyone at the club for the warm welcome and best of luck for next season!

Officially opening Bower & Pitsea FC's new pitch.
Photo by NashPhotography

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Supporting Tesco Food Collection in Pitsea

I was pleased to take part in the Tesco Food Collection in Pitsea, which provides support for the local food bank.

Well done to the brilliant and energetic team as well as all those who donated, making a real difference to people's lives in the community.

Helping the brilliant Tesco Food Collection team in Pitsea

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Celebrating Armed Forces Day in Orsett

It was great to celebrate Armed Forces Day at Orsett Showground, where many local people turned out to show their appreciation for our fantastic servicemen and women.

Thank you to Dan Rogers and all who helped to make the event a success and, as ever, thank you to members of the armed forces community who we came together to support.

Speaking at Orsett Showground's Armed Forces Day event

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Prime Minister's Questions

During Prime Minister's Question time I asked David Cameron to join me in thanking all those involved in organising the Forget Never - The Somme project in Basildon.

Speaking at Prime Minister's Question time

Forget Never commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War One, which was the bloodiest day in British military history with an enormous amount of casualties.

It is important that young people have the chance to learn the lessons of the past and that we all remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

You can watch a recording of my question and the Prime Minister's response here.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Supporting Royal British Legion census campaign

I was pleased to meet with members of the Armed Forces community and back their 'Count Them In' campaign, which aims to include new questions on the UK census.

Supporting the 'Count Them In' campaign in Parliament
It is estimated that there are currently between 6.5 million and 6.7 million members of the Armed Forces community living in the UK, representing about a tenth of the population. However little is known about the exact number and needs of this important group.

Including new questions on the next UK census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community.

Our brave servicemen and women are dedicated to keeping this country safe and where we can help them, we should. This worthwhile campaign by the Royal British Legion deserves our full support.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

EU referendum discussion at Northlands Primary School

I recently visited Northlands Primary School in Basildon where I was invited to listen to pupils' views on the EU referendum and take part in their big discussion.

The pupils prepared a range of written work containing their views which they presented to me and I helped answer any questions they had.

It was a fantastic visit and I enjoyed the chance to discuss such a topical issue with the pupils. They asked very thoughtful questions on what the European Union means in relation to our country and I was impressed by the level of understanding they showed.

The result of the EU referendum will affect everyone across the country, both young and old. It is a truly once in a generation choice whether to remain in the EU or to leave and it is crucial that everyone examines the issues on both sides of the debate and ultimately votes in this vital referendum.