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26th June 2017

Election Thank-you

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown at The Cotswolds’ count

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown at The Cotswolds’ count

I would like to begin my first newsletter of the new Parliament by wholeheartedly thanking all of those who helped me during my successful election campaign in the Cotswolds and especially to all those who voted for me.

In my acceptance speech immediately after my re-election I stated that the Cotswolds deserves a candidate who is not afraid to fight for the best interests of their constituents. With my renewed mandate, I will continue to work hard to represent the Cotswolds in Westminster. It is my job now to seek to unite this constituency for the future and to ensure that the Cotswolds benefits from the many opportunities that lie ahead.’

Grenfell Tower

Speaking in the House of Commons 22 Jun 2017

The Grenfell Tower disaster on 14 June and its aftermath has placed many urgent questions at the top of the Government’s agenda. I took it on myself to visit the site of this tragic fire for three hours to witness first-hand the effect that it has had on the local community and public services and to understand what kind of response has taken place to deal with the destruction and trauma following the devastating fire. I wanted to gently chat with those who had been involved to sympathise with them and to understand how the authorities had reacted to the crisis and how that needs to be changed in the future. I have submitted a detailed report of my findings to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Downing St Chief of Staff, Minister for Housing and Planning and Minister for Policing and the Fire Services. Furthermore, I raised my concerns to the Prime Minister during her statement (https://tinyurl.com/y7ecajo9) that the Government must rectify the lack of coordination between voluntary bodies who are trying to help victims and establish of a high-level Government taskforce to deal similar disasters in the future to take over from the immediate Gold Command.

Queen’s Speech

Queen's Speech

 

Wednesday saw the State Opening of Parliament and, of course, the Queen’s Speech, which I eagerly attended. Interestingly, this will be the last Queen’s Speech until 2019 to provide more time for Parliament to scrutinise Brexit legislation.

Amongst measures in the Queen’s Speech that I will pay particular attention to the Trade, Agriculture, Data Protection and HS2 Bills. It is, however, clear that Brexit will naturally dominate parliamentary proceedings for the next couple of years and I will follow closely the passage of the Repeal Bill through Parliament.

Many of you will have followed my national campaign in Parliament and the media to fight for the best possible funding levels for Gloucestershire’s schools. I am concerned that the school funding element in our manifesto that committed to ensuring no single school received cuts to their budget has been diluted in the Queen’s Speech. I will, therefore, continue to lead my national campaign to ensure that the ‘fair funding’ of primary and secondary schools includes a commitment from the Government so that schools’ budgets are protected in real terms and the per pupil premium and funding is sufficient.

To this end, I hope to restart my campaign by speaking in the Continuation of the Debate on the Queen’s Speech later this week.

Stow-on-the-Wold Public Meeting

 

During my re-election acceptance speech, I was firm in my calls for the development of the Stow-on-the-Wold doctors’ surgery to begin without delay. It is unacceptable that the people of Stow and the surrounding villages have had to wait for so long with so little visible progress on this development. To ensure that the public are kept fully informed about this matter, I have convened and will chair a public meeting at St Edward’s Church in Stow-on-the-Wold at 6pm on 30 June. Representatives from GCC, CDC, Town Council, developers and surgery staff will all be in attendance to answers resident’s questions.

Public Meeting

Verbatim Minutes of the Stow-on-the-Wold Public Meeting to discuss the provision of a new GP surgery – 30 June 2017.

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Surgery Dates

Call 020 7219 5043 or email cliftonbrowng@parliament.uk to discuss the matter you wish to raise and the possibility of a surgery appointment. Appointments are 10 minutes long. A concise synopsis submitted in writing beforehand will ensure a productive use of time.

Next surgery:

7 October 10-11am
Cirencester.

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