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  • Alistair Strathern

May 12 2024: My last few weeks in Parliament and Mid Bedfordshire

A summary of what I’ve been up to over the last couple of weeks as our MP.

For far too many families, the current system of SEND provision just isn’t working, starting with the battles and long waits to secure an EHCP assessment. The current system is letting down all families, but is especially trouble attic for those in the armed forces who often have to start the process all over again when they move bases, I pushed ministers to do more on this �

I was glad to be able to support tenants at Henlow Camp overturn 3 month eviction notices which ran contrary to previous commitments that any changes would include at least 12 month notice.

It’s absolutely right to do more to support those who are currently out of work into employment, but the Government’s current approach is more about chasing headlines than following evidence. I shared some of my own experiences when out of work for health reasons to push ministers to ensure everyone can access the support they need.

 I welcomed John Tizard For PCC’s election as our new PCC. I know how important neighbourhood policing and proper action on rural crime are to our communities and look forward to working with John to make sure they’re a real priority for Bed’s police.

I raised the experiences of families and local childcare settings to highlight to ministers the issues people faced locally in accessing affordable childcare, unfortunately these messages fell on deaf ears but it won’t stop me pushing for action.

The sun was shining on a fantastic fundraiser by Samuel Whitbread Academy and Ampthill Rugby Club, a true credit to a fantastic cause, thank you to everyone who helped organise such a brilliant afternoon.

It was great to join staff, families and local residents in celebrating Woodland School’s 50th birthday - well done to everyone who helped put on such a fun event.

All Saint’s church in Stondon put on a great garden shown in the sun, a great effort from everyone involved as well as a perfect chance to pick up some rhubarb!

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