NHS England Drop Commissioning Change after Local MP Holds Parliamentary Debate

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NHS England has announced that they are dropping plans to change the way that Specialised Services are commissioned across the UK after Stephen Gilbert MP led a Parliamentary Debate on the issue.

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Prime Minister has “no clue” claims Stephen Gilbert after PM fails to answer PMQ on Cornwall’s EU Funding

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Stephen Gilbert MP slammed the Prime Minister today for having “no clue” about a critical issue affecting Cornish jobs and investment.

The Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell & Newquay questioned David Cameron during today’s PMQs about the delay to Cornwall’s EU funding, which has been held up after the Department for Communities & Local Government failed to sign the Operational Programme.

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Roche Post Office To Stay Put - MP Gets Confirmation

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Stephen Gilbert has received confirmation from Post Office Ltd that Roche Post Office will stay where it is, after he and numerous local residents raised objections to plans to move the branch to new premises.

 

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Stephen Gilbert Backs Flood Free Homes Campaign

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St Austell & Newquay’s Liberal Democrat MP, Stephen Gilbert, has backed a joint campaign to see increased flood defence investment, a zero-tolerance policy of development in high-risk areas and proper planning to mitigate future flood risk.


The campaign was launched yesterday in the House of Commons by the Association of British Insurers with support from Friends of the Earth, Know Your Flood Risk, National Flood Forum, and the Property Care Association’s Flood Protection Group.

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Stephen Gilbert Leads Parliamentary Debate on NHS

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Last week, Stephen Gilbert MP, who has consistently championed the NHS in Parliament – challenging the use of private companies to perform health service functions and refusing to back the Government’s NHS reforms in 2011, secured Parliamentary time for a debate on the way that specialised NHS services are commissioned.

 

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Stephen Gilbert speaks out for private renters in Parliament

key_SG_in_parliament.jpgStephen Gilbert MP spoke out in the House of Commons today in support of the Tenancies (Reform) Bill which sought to stop landlords evicting tenants who make a complaint about essential repairs or poor conditions in their homes.

Despite receiving cross-party support, and the Government’s backing, the Bill failed to pass its ‘Second Reading’ today after two Conservative MPs filibustered during the debate for almost three hours.

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Stephen Gilbert MP meets Area Manager from leading Armed Forces Charity


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The Royal British Legion has thanked Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, for taking the time to meet with Legion Area Manager, Dymphna Knowles.

The Royal British Legion is the country’s leading welfare provider for the Armed Forces community, and last week local MP Stephen Gilbert attended an event in the Houses of Parliament dedicated to showcasing the Legion’s work throughout the South region. Stephen used the opportunity to discuss with Dymphna Knowles the changing face of Armed Forces welfare provision in the local community, and to understand more about the most pressing issues facing our Armed Forces.

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Local unemployment continues to decline

Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell & Newquay, has welcomed a further fall in local unemployment during the month of September.

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of claimants in the mid-Cornwall constituency has fallen to 959 (1.6%) - the lowest level in six years and down from 1,551 (2.6%) in the same month last year.

After his election, Stephen Gilbert pledged that his top priority as the local MP would be to boost jobs and encourage business investment into the community.

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Gilbert acts to protect St. Austell Brewery

key_sg-on-brewery-drays.pngStephen Gilbert, the MP for St Austell, has voted to exclude the locally based and family run St Austell Brewery - and all family brewers with less than 500 tied pubs - from new regulations that would have caused the St Austell pub group to incur added administrative costs.

Mr Gilbert, who is currently debating the Government's proposed Small Business and Regulatory Reform Bill in a Parliamentary Bill Committee, voted against the Government "Whip" in order to protect St Austell Brewery from new regulations aimed at largest Pub Companies.

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Minister visits derelict hotel site in Newquay

stephen-williams-visits-derelict-hotels.pngNewquay's MP, Stephen Gilbert, has today welcomed the Liberal Democrat Communities & Local Government Minister, Stephen Williams, to Newquay to see for himself the impact of derelict hotels on the town.

The Minister met with Stephen Gilbert MP, Cllr Joanna Kenny (Pentire Ward), Cllr Geoff Brown (Portfolio Holder for Homes and Communities; and Newquay Central Ward) and Cllr Edwina Hannaford (Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Planning) at the site of the former Fistral Bay Hotel in Pentire; before holding a private meeting about the issue at Newquay's Town Council offices.

Stephen Gilbert has campaigned for Government action on derelict hotel sites and tabled a Parliamentary Motion on the issue earlier this year calling for a tax on developers that sit on sites without regenerating them, and introduce powers for the council to reclaim the costs of making sites safe from the owner.

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