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  • Alistair Strathern

3 March 2024: My week in Parliament and Mid Bedfordshire

It’s been another busy couple of weeks….

One of my big properties as our MP is boosting access to healthcare locally. Its clear from GPs to Dentists there are big national issues needing change, but I don’t want to waste a day between now and the general election to try and improve the situation here. That’s why I hold regular meetings with the local NHS and councils to try and drive investment in some of the real problem spots. Last week, I brought together a task force of key stakeholders to try and finally deliver a long promised GP surgery for Wixams. While there’s more to do, its already showing signs of making progress

In Parliament I continued to push Ministers to do right by our armed services and their families based at Chicksands and improve the shocking standard of accommodation there

 I’ll continue to push minsters on this and am grateful to local papers for their coverage of the issue MP demands improvement to MoD Chicksands accommodation |

It was great to meet the landowners of Clifton Bury Farm Walks to discuss the challenge sin supporting the walks after the loss of access support payments from the government. Whilst its great that local parish councils have stepped up to offer support, its clear a reformed national scheme is needed to ensure we can continue to access the fantastic local countryside we have right across the country.

I also continued my campaign in Parliament to urge the government to finally act on the issues unadopted roads are causing new homeowners across the country

The limbo of estate adoption is leaving families exposed to unaccountable and exploitative management companies, and if the Government refuse to act, it will fall to Labour to finally address this.

In Parliament I’m also delighted to have been able to secure a debate next week on how we can do more to support Kinship carers. They do amazing and important work taking on caring responsibilities for a child in their family, but all too often don’t get the support they need from Government. I’m so grateful to everyone who’s shared their story with me already, and look forward to raising these with the minister.

It was also a real pleasure to meet some of the organisers of The Ampthill Cancer Support Group at their launch event. It’s a fantastic initiative to make sure no one has to go through cancer alone locally, and it was incredibly moving to hear from attendees at their launch the difference events like these could make.

It was great to join a APDAWG event in Parliament this to highlight the issues facing pet adoption and rescue services. These services do incredible work and need our support, and the event was also a great chance to meet two fantastic rescues!

I held my latest constituency surgery in Wixams, a big thank you to everyone who came along to raise issues. The next surgery will be at Ridgemont school later this week.

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