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  • Alistair Strathern

30 January 2024: My week in Parliament and Mid Bedfordshire

Updated: Jan 31

Last week was another busy week for me in Parliament and back here across our towns and villages!

In Parliament I raised the issue of the longstanding delay in securing the promised and needed GP provision at Wixams. I’ll be continuing to push ministers on this, and work closely with stakeholders locally across all parties to ensure we finally get this over the line.

I also raised Flitwick Town Council’s plans to bring a new community hub to revitalise the high street and bring post office provision back to the town. I’ll be supporting the town council’s bid to secure funding in support of this important initiative

I shared some news about the tough decision I had to make following the boundary review on where I’ll be standing at the next general election. With the constituency being redrawn, there was no easy choice. I really appreciate everyone’s engagement on what has been a really tough decision for me, and am incredibly grateful for the understanding people have shown

It was also brilliant to join Thomas Jefferson lower school's visit to parliament! If your school would like to visit Parliament too, please email my team at and we can help set a visit up.

I continued my campaign to finally tackle the issues posed by the lack of regulation estate management and adoption. Last week I was out speaking to affected residents in Marston and Shefford, and joined Labour and Conservative colleagues in pushing the government to go further in my role on the Freehold and Leashold reform bill committee. The committee sits again this week, where I will be sharing some of the challenges estate adoption issues have caused locally, and urging ministers to go further in helping resolve them once and for all.

I met with the post office to press the case for bringing post office facilities back to Flitwick, and the need to ensure a new post office location in Barton is found as quickly as possible. I’ve since written to both the Coop and Morrisons urging them to host a new counter in Barton, and will be working with local cllrs to try and bring this about.

Following discussions with concerned residents and local parish Cllrs in Brogborough, I wrote to Central Beds council to throw my weight behind their campaign to reduce the speed limit on a key local road to 30mph following a recent tragic incident in the village.

On Saturday, I held my latest constituency surgery. A huge thank you to everyone who attended, and for the patience of those who had to wait given the high demand. My next surgery will be at the Rufus centre this Friday from 4.30pm, and in the meantime I held my latest coffee and catch up event today at The Lounge Flitwick, a huge thank you to Andy and the team for hosting!

My food recommendation this week has to be the breakfasts at Rose's at Duck Lane in Shefford. Well worth a visit if you haven’t been, and perfect for fuelling up ahead of a day speaking to people out in the cold!

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