Metcalfe praises the appliance of science

THE event was organised by Newton’s Apple, a charitable non-partisan science policy foundation which aims to act as a neutral bridge between the science and policy communities. It saw Mr Metcalfe, Dr Michael Elves, Chairman of Newton’s Apple, former chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Dr Ian Gibson, and Dr Sarah Main, Director of the Campaign for Science and Technology come together to form a distinguished panel.

Metcalfe urges Thurrock businesses to take on apprentices

LOCAL MP Stephen Metcalfe is calling for more local businesses in South Basildon and East Thurrock to take on an apprentice after new research reveals the many benefits of doing so. The research shows that every time a local company hires an apprentice, their bottom line gets an average boost of £2,009. This happens immediately, while the apprentice is being trained, and represents the benefit after typical wage and training costs for the East of England are deducted.

Metcalfe welcomes a budget for makers, doers, and savers

MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, has welcomed a budget ‘for makers, doers, and savers’ delivered by the chancellor today. The budget contained good news for people up and down country says Mr Metcalfe. Key announcements that will help keep money in the pockets of people and businesses in South Basildon and East Thurrock included:

MP leads call for Corringham Parish Council referendum

THE conditions of the roads on the estate have long been a concern for local residents who fear that they will continue to deteriorate further if action is not taken. Mr Metcalfe, who organised a packed public meeting on the issue last year, has been working with residents and supported the establishment of the Frost Estate residents Association (FERA).

Metcalfe speaks to Nick Clegg about missing voters

NICK Clegg (The Deputy Prime Minister ; Sheffield, Hallam, Liberal Democrat) replied: As was said earlier, we announced last week that five national organisations and every local authority in Great Britain will be sharing £4.2 million-worth of new resources to maximise registration. As my hon. Friend mentioned schools, it is worth remembering that next September a new citizenship programme will be taught that stipulates that pupils in schools should learn about parliamentary democracy and citizenship more widely.

Metcalfe MP slams UKIP for Thames Estuary Airport support

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has criticised UKIP for trying to re-write history after they “deleted their 2010 manifesto which expressed their commitment to building a major new Thames Estuary airport”. The manifesto, which has now gone missing from the UKIP website, stated their opposition to the expansion of Heathrow, Stansted, and Gatwick “in favour of a major new Hong Kong-style Thames Estuary airport with motorway connections and a high-speed rail service to London, the UK and the Continent.

Stephen Metcalfe MP shows schools that business is good for young people

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, recently welcomed representatives from three local schools to Parliament for a reception organised by the British Chambers of Commerce to show that ‘Business is Good for Young People’. Held in association with the Industry and Parliament Trust, the reception on the House of Commons Terrace saw people from all over the country come together to celebrate business and discuss solutions to the barriers preventing some young people from finding employment.

Le-Surf angry as Metcalfe rejects “debate challenge”

THE LABOUR CANDIDATE FOR South Basildon and East Thurrock has reacted with anger at having his challenge to a debate with the Conservative MP, Stephen Metcalfe. Mr Le-Surf asked for a series of debates during the year. But Mr Metcalfe explained that he is busy engaged with interacting with the public on the doorstep, busy trying to solve problems such as the Felmores Bail Hostel and East Tilbury crossing and did not want to be drawn into ya-boo politics.

Metal theft clampdown is working says MP

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has today welcomed new figures which reveal that the Government’s efforts to reduce metal theft are showing early signs of success.

Metal theft fell every quarter over the last year – and by 40 per cent overall in 2012–13. This coincides with tough new measures introduced by the Government to clamp down on the offence which causes distress and disruption to the public.

MP hears from GPs and patients at Horndon-On-The-Hill

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, visited GPs and the patient participation group at The Surgery on Horndon-on-the-Hill recently to gain an insight in to the day-to-day workings of a GP practice. His visit forms part of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) MP-GP practice visit scheme which encourages MPs from across the political spectrum to visit local surgeries to see the challenged and opportunities facing general practice.

Metcalfe backs “Right to Buy” scheme

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, is championing the Government’s Right to Buy scheme after hearing more about the home ownership scheme last week. Since the 1980s the Right to Buy has helped millions of people living in council housing achieve their aspiration becoming homeowners. It gave something back to families […]

MP stresses importance of defence exports

STEPHEN Metcalfe MP rose to the floor of the House of Commons yesterday to stress the local importance of defence exports to South Basildon and East Thurrock. In the exchange, Mr Metcalfe first asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Dunne, what steps he is taking to increase defence exports. The Minister responded saying that the Government are working tirelessly to support economic growth to which responsible defence exports make an important contribution. He also stated that Ministers across departments are engaged in supporting allies in acquiring top-quality British military equipment.

Metcalfe warning over Labour’s “heartbreak over hotels”

COMMENTING, Stephen Metcalfe MP said: “I’m very concerned about Labour’s plans to hammer hard-working people with a new tax. This will not only make it more expensive for my constituents to holiday at home, adding approximately £126 extra to the cost of a two week stay in a reasonably priced hotel, but it will seriously affect those utilising local hotels for their work in South Basildon and East Thurrock or those working out of the area.

MPs united on stance on Syria: “The world must act and the time is now”.

WE in Britain are lucky to live in a free society and Britain can be proud of its role in advancing the cause of freedom and liberty throughout the world. There are those who say action is not in the national interest. I would state that defending humanity is very much in the national interest. If we condone evil, it will flourish and the world will become an ever more dangerous place. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council it is our duty to uphold international law. Britain must show moral leadership and I am proud that we are doing so. Just as it required military action to stop the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia we must make a stand and show the world that civilised societies will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.

Metcalfe calls on government to support Basildon hospital

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has welcomed the findings of the Keogh Review and has expressed his confidence that the new management regime has the ability to put right the failures of the past.
STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has welcomed the findings of the Keogh Review and has expressed his confidence that the new management regime has the ability to put right the failures of the past. Stephen Metcalfe MP said: “It was not a surprise that Basildon Hospital was one of 14 Hospitals selected to be investigated and again, not surprising that it is one of eleven hospitals now in special measures as a result of the Keogh review.”

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