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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has said he is delighted at becoming patron of Thurrock Male Voice Choir. Mr Metcalfe has demonstrated his support for the choir on numerous occasions, most recently joining them to celebrate their 75th Anniversary.
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.”
IN last week’s historic debate on holding a referendum on our future relationship with Europe, Stephen Metcalfe, local Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock said: “I congratulate my Hon. Friend on bringing forward this Bill. Does he agree that at its heart lies the issue of trust? That is what this is about. The Parties that trust the British people will support this, and the Parties that do not trust the British people will not support it.”
RECENTLY, Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South for South Basildon and East Thurrock, visited Wincanton Records Management (WRM) to officially declare their new shredding vehicle ready for business. The Rainham-based document management specialists held a special ceremony to officially launch the new truck which will service businesses across Essex and the South East, attending clients’ business premises to shred confidential documents. The new vehicle has been customised by an in-house engineer, which ensures that the disposal of important documents is safe and secure.
THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price has reiterated her opposition to the three proposals for a new Thames crossing and called on the Government to take another look at two options downstream. When the proposals for a new crossing were first circulated in 2009, there were five options. These were the three currently under consideration and option D a link between the M2 and Canvey; and option E Isle of Grain to Southend. These options appear to have been discounted on the basis of cost.
Key departments such as the NHS, Education and International Development have had their budgets ring-fenced. Education’s resource budget will rise to £53bn, the NHS to £110bn, and international development to £11.1bn. Nothing is more important domestically than the education of our young people and the health of the people of this country, whilst our world leading international development budget secures our position on the global stage and demonstrates to the world that we are a country that does not shy away from our international commitments.
Although I recognise the importance of the city deal in delivering opportunities for growth, does the Deputy Prime Minister agree that devolving power to our county councils, such as Essex, can have an equally effective impact on developing local growth?
STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has given a warm welcome to the news that recorded crime in Essex has fallen over the last twelve months. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that recorded crime in Essex fell by 4%.
STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, praised the Chancellor’s budget at a breakfast meeting this morning organised by local accountants, Rickard Keen. Mr Metcalfe, who addressed a group of local business men and women at the post budget business breakfast, said that the budget will help everyone, whether they are low earners, families, motorists or employers in South Basildon and East Thurrock.
STEPHEN Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has organised a rail summit with key stakeholders to discuss some the rail problems affecting local people. The summit, which is to take place this coming Friday will bring together all those with an interest in local rail issues including C2C, Network Rail, DP World’s London Gateway, and local stakeholders including Councillors, residents and Mr Metcalfe himself.
STEPHEN Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has welcomed news that the public will get a clearer picture of how police are tackling crime with the introduction of more detailed crime categories. Under the current system, 70 per cent of crimes are recorded as ‘undetected’, leaving victims and the public concerned that nothing has been done by police. Under the new recording framework a new ‘community resolution’ category will recognise the community penalties that criminals receive, increasing transparency and improving accountability.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “With the world around us changing, we will only succeed in the global race when everyone is given the chance to reach their full potential and apprenticeships are a vital means through which this can be achieved.”
Mr Metcalfe said: ” Does my right hon.Friend agree that we should be cutting taxes for hard-working people in Basildon and Thurrock, rather than taking money away from them only to then return their own money through tax credits?
Mr Metcalfe said: “Does my hon. Friend agree that it is entirely right to make prisoners work, and that the enforced idleness that there has been in prisons has to be reversed because that will lead to prisoners getting gainful employment on release?”
SOUTH BASILDON and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe has joined 117 other Tory MPs who have written to constituents indicating their opposition to gay marriage proposals reports the Daily Mail. Mr Metcalfe’s opposition comes as the prime minister forges ahead with honouring a commitment he made at Tory party conference last year when he said: “I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative.’
SOUTH BASILDON and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House to ask the secretary of state for pensions, Iain Duncan-Smith about help to tackle social breakdown. Mr Metcalfe asked: “What steps he is taking to tackle the causes of social breakdown?
SOUTH BASILDON and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House of Commons to quiz the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg on his voting intentions towards constituency boundary changes. Stephen Metcalfe: “In light of my right hon. Friend’s answer that he will vote against any boundary changes, will he confirm that he will, therefore, allow Government Ministers to vote against Government policy?
SOUTH BASILDON and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe ros eon the floor of the House of Commons to congratulate the Home Secretary on her decision not to grant the USA powers of extradition on respect of Gary MacKinnon. Mr Metcalfe said: “Thank you, Mr Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to be the last Member here to congratulate my right hon. Friend on her decision and on bringing Gary McKinnon’s 10-year nightmare to an end.