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  • Alistair Strathern

19 April 2024: My week in Parliament and Mid Bedfordshire

It’s been another busy couple of weeks…

I continued my campaign for more investment in GP and NHS dentist services locally, meeting with council leaders and the local ICB to push on funding for key investments needed in practices at Wixams, Wotton, Shefford, Stondon and Stotfold and Arlesey. I

It’s clear that as well as further investment, closer working relationships are needed between our local councils, GPs, NHS and developers, and I’m committed to using my office to make that happen.

I spoke at the launch of the Transition Plan Taskforce at the Guildhall in London. Transition planning has a vital role to play in supporting Labour’s vision to seize the benefits of the transition to a Green economy, and the taskforces work will play a big part in supporting that.

I welcomed the Shadow DEFRA Secretary to Bedfordshire to meet with local farmers and discuss the challenges facing farming across the country. From a lack of clarity in grant funding, to poor trade deals, to rural crime, farmers in Bedfordshire and across the country have been let down by the current governments approach, and I’m committed to making sure Labour does better.

I met with Bedfordshire’s Chief Fire Officer in Flitwick this morning to chat over the priorities and challenges facing the service across the county. Our fire service do incredible work to keep us safe and provide a whole host of support locally, so it was great to catch up on how I can best support their work.

I held drop in events and surgeries in Shefford, Clifton and Wilstead - thank you to everyone who took the time to come along and raise local issues with me and the team, and to the village halls and Rose's at Duck Lane for hosting!

I met with Steve Kelly, chief exec of The Pyramid Schools Trust, to chat over priorities and challenges for local schools including the impact of PFI contracts and challenges with proposed changes to school transport in Central Beds.

I visited Cranfield University to discuss some of their recent successes and the current outlook for the university sector. We’re lucky to have such a successful institution Bedfordshire, and I’ll be continuing to stick up for their work in Parliament.

I joined the High Commission of Sri Lanka, London Mohammad Yasin MP and Cllr Adam Zerny at Sri Lankan Society Bedfordshire’s fantastic Sri Lankan New Year event, thank you to everyone at Meppershall community centre for their great hosting as always.

It was great to also support some fantastic businesses and initiatives this month, from the opening of the Bridge Pub to Shefford Community Market, we’ve got some great businesses across our towns and villages and its always a pleasure to be able to support them!

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