Parliamentary Pub Chef and Young Pub Chef of the Year award

David is looking to nominate a constituent for the Parliamentary Pub Chef/Young Pub Chef of the Year award. 

There will be a prize of £500 for the winner of each category. Nominations must be made by the 27th of October, in order to apply  please send the name of the chef, the pub they work for, the pubs address, telephone number and a reason why this chef deserves the award to David's email: david.lidington.mp@parliament.uk.

 

David welcomes NHS Investment

Hospitals in Aylesbury will benefit from an additional investment of £5 million to help the NHS transform care for patients locally.

David said:

“For Aylesbury this will mean the creation of a new Rapid Assessment and Treatment Centre and observation unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

‘This is part of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View plan which will invest an additional £8 billion a year in real terms by the end of the Parliament. This will result in much better integrated care locally, which is being taken forward through Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

Patients will see this investment deliver faster diagnosis for conditions like cancer, easier access to mental care, expansion of A&Es, shorter waits for operations, and more services in GPs surgeries.”

For more information please visit the link below…

Five Year Forward Plan: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/5yfv-web.pdf

Naphill Gazette article

David thought you might be interested in seeing an article he recently written for the Naphill gazette.

"Just two days after the General Election, it was good to spend time at Naphill fete – a welcome reminder that normal life continues regardless of political or media frenzy. While touching base with a number of local organisations, I was particularly interested to find out more about the Hughenden Street initiative, which I can perhaps best describe as using a Neighbourhood Watch approach to help elderly and vulnerable people in the parish. Bucks County Council is looking to Hughenden as a pilot to test out an approach that, if successful, could be introduced across the county. I hope very much that this experiment takes off in a big way. To find out more, email hughendenstreetassociation@gmail.com or look at their video on YouTube.

'That was the Saturday. Next day, I’d just cooked and eaten Sunday lunch when the phone rang. It was my Private Secretary in the Commons Leader’s office saying that Number 10 wanted me to come into London. After hurriedly getting into a suit and tie (I thought that tee shirt and shorts probably weren’t quite right for this!) I set off, and at about 4.30 I was offered a move to become Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

'Since then, it’s been a pretty much vertical learning curve. I’m now responsible for the courts and tribunals, for prisons and probation. It’s a fascinating brief, but is never likely to be an easy one. One challenge is to push forward with an ambitious plan for court modernisation, including using digital technology to cut back dramatically on both paperwork and the requirement for people to travel to attend court in person even for formal, routine proceedings that take no more than a few minutes to conclude.

'We need to make prisons safe and secure, while also using the time that we have when people are in custody and on probation, including through effective education and training programmes, to make it less likely that they will reoffend after release.

As Lord Chancellor, I have a particular responsibility to uphold the rule of law and defend the independence of the judiciary. The role also involves some ceremonial duties, notably taking part in the State Opening of Parliament and presenting the Queen with her speech. It was a hot day and the official robes are heavy, but I got through it without keeling over!"

Latest unemployment statistics for Aylesbury

The total number of unemployed claimants in Aylesbury constituency in June 2017 was 745.

This represents a rate of 1.2% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 533rd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)

The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data,.was 4.5% between March and May 2017.

The number of claimants in Aylesbury constituency is 55 higher than June 2016 and the same as in May 2017.

There were 120 claimants aged 18-24 in June 2017, 15 lower than June 2016.

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Association Fire Safety

David recently wrote to Vale of Aylesbury Housing Association regarding their fire precautions following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Their response can be found below: 

"The safety of our residents is paramount and we have robust fire safety procedures in place.

Note that we do not have any high rise blocks; our highest property has only four storeys.

We comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which requires a fire risk assessment to be carried out to communal areas within shared accommodation. These properties have all been recently inspected and have a fire risk assessment in place. When undertaking fire risk assessments we follow the recommendations in the Local Government Group Guide; Fire Safety in Purpose Built Blocks of Flats. We have a programme of regular inspections whereby a fire risk assessment will be undertaken every year for higher risk properties and every two years for lower risk properties. We also have a programme of monthly visual inspections to ensure fire escape routes are kept clear and emergency lighting is in full working order.

There are appropriate alarm systems in place where required, and we have a close working relationship with Bucks Fire and Rescue.

Going forwards we will continue to keep abreast of current legislation and should this change we will review our procedures accordingly and ensure that we remain compliant."

Law in Action interview

This week David spoke to Joshua Rozenberg as part of BBC 4's 'Law in Action' series. In his interview David spoke about his agenda after recently being appointed as Justice secretary.

The series examines the way in which the justice system impacts on courts and prisons.

The interview can be found here

Weston Turville Fete

Last Weekend David visited the Weston Turville Fete.

David enjoyed meeting with Lindengate and was pleased to hear that they had been nominated for a charity award which can be found here.

David was also pleased to meet Search Dogs Bucks and learn about their work assisting police and emergency services in locating missing or vulnerable people. Their website can be found here.

State Opening of Parliament

Yesterday saw the State Opening of Parliament and the delivery of the Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's policy priorities and sets the programme for the new Parliament.

As the Lord Chancellor one of David's responsibilities was to carry the Queen's Speech in the Lord Chancellor's ceremonial purse and present it to Her Majesty.

The full transcript of the Queen's speech can be found here.